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Vishnu Deo Celebrate In Style

Vishnu Deo Memorial Primary School in Suva celebrated the annual festival of colours, Holi yesterday. School manager Krishan Vilash said the festival was often referred to as the New Year
06 Mar 2015 07:25
Vishnu Deo Celebrate In Style
Vishnu Deo Memorial Primary School students celebrate Holi Festival at Raiwaqa in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Vishnu Deo Memorial Primary School in Suva celebrated the annual festival of colours, Holi yesterday.

School manager Krishan Vilash said the festival was often referred to as the New Year celebration for Hindus.

“It’s a time when we can come together to celebrate and Holi is also very important for children in our custom,” Mr Vilash said.

“It’s something like New Year; a time when we can celebrate with people from all over the country about what is important to us.”

School headteacher Michael Kumar said on this special occasion, people would meet, sing songs, engage in merry-making and throw Gulal or coloured powder on each other.

“One of the most important things about this festival is that it allows students to learn about forgiveness,” Mr Kumar said.

Mr Kumar said students of non-Hindu background also participated in the celebration.

“It’s the festival of colours and we are trying to blend all the cultures while celebrating.”

The origins of Holi are derived from a Hindu legend in which the sister of a demon king, Holika, burns while trying to kill her nephew Prahlad.

On the eve of Holi, an effigy of Holika is made and burned in a bonfire, which is a reminder of the symbolic victory of good over evil.

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