Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Trini Tuesday-Happy Pagwah!

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Today is Phagwah, which is another of the holidays brought to Trinidad by the East Indian indentured servants. It is a Hindu Spring festival that commemorates the faithfulness of the Demon King's son, Pralad. The Demon King had exalted himself and demanded that all worship him. Pralad alone remained devoted to Vishnu. As punishment Pralad was to be executed but miraculously survived all attempts on his life, including sitting amidst a bonfire with his sister Holi who perished. The festival can also be referred to as Holi in her memory.

On the eve of Phagwah there are bonfires and music. The daylight gives way to much merrymaking as young and old alike smear each other with paints and colored powders. Water balloons full of dyed water are also commonly used. The drum and cymbal music continues throughout the day and by the end no one is recognizable through the haze of bright colors.

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12 comments:

Tan Lucy Pez said...

I love these happy posts! So much fun.

Jodes said...

that is really cool, I would love to be covered in a haze of color.

Logophile said...

The kids would dig it the most!

bsoholic said...

So would you say Happy Phagwah? or Merry Phagwah?

Or would you even say anything? lol

James Goodman said...

Happy Phagwah! :D

gloria jean said...

Such a rich and colorful culture! I love these stories!

Top cat said...

I agree with gloria, what a colorful culture.
It makes one feel a bit bland when we in America celebrate holidays wearing blue jeans and t-shirts watching a parade and a couple of flags.
Thanks for sharing this with us lime.
tc

lecram sinun said...

I love that you're posting these! :)

MyUtopia said...

Very cool, this is one of the most interesting festivals. I had an Indian friend who participated in the festival every year.

snavy said...

Happy Pagwah!! Looks like such fun!!

Bridget Jones said...

Happy Pagwah!! So colorful and joyous!!

barefoot_mistress said...

How could I have missed this post!? Happy Holi, Lime! Now, what color would you like to be?