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March 25 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

The Ethnic Relations Commission, (ERC), wishes a Happy Holi to all Guyanese at home and the diaspora on this colourful national festival. The Commission is buoyed by the spirit of Phagwah which is greeted with participation by Hindus as well as Guyanese from other ethnic groups.

The burst of colours is seen in the towns and villages as Guyanese participate in the frolic – throwing or spraying each other with colored water or applying powder to the hair and faces of friends, family and colleagues at work. The ERC reminds that Phagwah exhibits the vibrant mix of our rich diversity which defines who we are as a people. It represents an achievement stemming from a combination of efforts as we endeavor together to be one people.

The fun and festivities associated with Phagwah, or Holi, is more than celebratory. It brings together Guyanese from all walks of life. The Commission urges all to celebrate and internalize the significance of Holi. Significant in its underlying message is the triumph of good over evil for the progress of humanity, as the story of young Prahlad illustrates in the Hindu scriptures.

Phagwah is one example of how the Guyanese nation embraces its cultural diversity. That therefore, offers relevant lessons for us all and is an impetus for increased and sustained efforts to build upon our unified strengths and improve on weaknesses. Such national occasions allow for improvement of our capacity to overcome inherent challenges to foster togetherness. The Commission encourages everyone to observe Phagwah while remembering the recurring theme of its messages.