Indian Cultural Centre celebrates Phagwah
Phagwah was celebrated on the lawns of the Indian Cultural Centre at 67 Bel-Air, New Haven, Georgetown yesterday.
President Bharrat Jagdeo, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, High Commissioner of India, Sabeet Kumar Mandal, several Government Ministers and special invitees, were among those attending the festivities.
There were liberal exchanges of abeer and abrak while many celebrated a dry Phagwah – only using powder to conserve on water.
President Jagdeo reminded the gathering that Phagwah is an occasion of great significance which is not only religious and cultural, but must be used as a springboard to improve one’s life and encourage persons to learn lessons from their past.
Indian High Commission Sabeet Kumar Mandal said that the time has come to spread the Holi cheer and to add some colour to life; however, the period is not so good with the shortfall of rain.
“Guyana has emerged bright in the region amidst considerable gloom around and with cheer implanted in our lives, colour will continue to glow in the coming days, infusing us with hope and energy to face the realities,” Mandal said.
He added that through the present El Niño condition, persons should conserve water and have a dry Holi.