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Abeer rains at Phagwa celebrations

Friday, March 9, 2018
Nalini Joseph’s face reflects the colours of Phagwa. PICTURES EDISON BOODOOSINGH

Last Sunday, a line of thunder storms moving across north Trinidad caused serious damage to may homes along the East West Corridor and Central Trinidad but participants in Phagwa (Holi) celebrations were soaked to the bone with abeer. Communities revelling in the Hindu spring festival included Enterprise and Aranjuez.

The National Phagwa Council of T&T shifted its Phagwa fun from its traditional location in Aranjuez Savannah to Aranjuez Park, close to Under the Peepal Tree Ashram. This was the 50th year that the Council has been been holding Phagwa celebrations in Aranjuez.

Lack of funding was one of the main factors that has led to the move, Pundit Satyanan Gosein told the T&T Guardian.

UNC Senator Khadijah Ameen was one of the familiar faces seen being bathed in abeer at the Curepe Phagwa Council’s Phagwa celebrations.

In Central, the Hindu Prachaar Kendra held its Phagwa celebrations at the Kendra grounds, located at Gilibia Trace, off Raghunanan Road, Enterprise. Despite the inclement weather, the Kendra successfully held its “retro” Pichakaaree song show, as well as traditional features like the Chowtaal Recital, Bachon Ka Khel, Maakhan Chor and Ranga Barase. (Peter Ray Blood — [email protected])


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