The Guyana Hindu Sabha will be holding the final of its 2010 Chowtaal Samelans this Saturday at the Annandale Mandir, East Coast Demerara.
The Chowtaal Samelans have had a successful run, with the one held at the Mahaica Stelling attracting an estimated 1,500.
Chowtaal Samelans were organised in all the regions. The Sabha said that they attracted participation from young Hindus who heralded in Phagwah by singing traditional Chowtaal.
According to the Sabha, Chowtaal is indispensable in the celebration of Phagwah.
The Sabha claims success in the effort of sustaining the traditional form of singing.
President of the Sabha, Reepu Daman Persaud, addressed a huge gathering at one of the Samelans held at Enmore Hope West Mandir and urged Hindus to celebrate the festival in a dignified manner and to only support functions which conform to Hindu norms.
He drew attention to the fact that commercial entertainers have been advertising Phagwah Mela which has items unbecoming of Hinduism including indulgence in alcoholic beverages.
Persaud said that he finds this appalling and disgusting if not provocative and called on all Hindus not to attend these shows and events where there is complete disregard for Hindu feelings and objections. He said the significance of Holi is all embracing with a strong spiritual content which must not be observed in the breach.
The Sabha has enshrined in its constitution that alcoholic beverage is strictly prohibited at all Hindu functions.
“Holi has to be celebrated with restraint and since the festival doesn’t license anyone to drench all and sundry and abeer must be squirted only on those who are involved in the celebration and welcome the indulgence,” he stated.
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