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The Caribbean blogosphere does Phagwah


A chowtal group performs at the Phagwah celebrations in Trinidad. By Nicholas Laughlin

In the Caribbean, the Hindu spring festival of Holi is more commonly known by its Bhojpuri name of Phagwah. This past week, Hindus in the Caribbean celebrated Phagwah, with non-Hindus like Caribbean Free Radio also taking part in the festivities. Complementing CFR's rather secular take on the colorful scenes in one part of Trinidad are Flickr photos from Nicholas Laughlin and Tillahwillah.


Phagwah revellers covered in abeer dye and other colourful substances. By Nicholas Laughlin

Lee Ann, visiting Guyana from Canada, rhapsodizes about the celebrations in Guyana's capital city of Georgetown, and New York Friend  posts a report with photos on the festivities in the heavily West Indian district of Richmond Hill, in Queens, New York, where temperatures were considerably lower. KDunk and arZan posted reports and photos from Richmond Hill as well.

1 comment

  • jan lynn

    Hello out there! Anyone know when the Phagwah celebration is this year in Trinidad? The full moon is Friday, March 21st, so we were hoping that the happening would be on Saturday the 23rd. Thank you for any info you can give us!

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