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Labasa Best Friends In Jolly Holi Spirits

  Holi, the festival of colours is the finest annual celebration for two best friends of Bulileka, Labasa. Fiji Sun caught up with Ravneel Narayan and Navneel Chand  in high
26 Mar 2016 10:33
Labasa Best Friends  In Jolly Holi Spirits
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Holi, the festival of colours is the finest annual celebration for two best friends of Bulileka, Labasa.

Fiji Sun caught up with Ravneel Narayan and Navneel Chand  in high spirits as they put coloured powder on each other.

They are members of Bulileka Ram Leela Mandir Ramayan Mandali who all were singing the renowned Holi Faag song.

Faag is a special Hindu song sung during this festival.

The pair dressed in special white outfits with coloured bands around their foreheads and waists.

Mr Chand, 25, said they had been the best of friends for five years and every time during Holi they would observe the celebration just like it was around the world.

“Celebration of Holi fosters a message of unity and brotherhood,” Mr Chand said.

“Irrespective of it being a Hindu festival, Sikhs, Muslim, Christians and Jains join the festivities bringing almost the whole nation together.

“Holi gives us an opportunity to reunite with family, friends and dear ones.”

Mr Narayan, 23, said the festival was a special day to break from the usual activities and share joy with loved ones.

“This festivity brings colours into the life of people, when they can take a break from their monotonous life and share the joy with loved ones,” Mr Narayan said.

“Everyone plays Holi by chasing each other and throwing bright coloured powder and coloured water and we did the same.”

Meanwhile, Bulileka Ram Leela Mandir Ramayan Mandali trustee Sant Kumar said Holi festival had a religious and historical significance in Hindu texts.

“There was very popular mythological legend about king Hiranyakashyapu and his son Prahlada,” Mr Kumar said.

“The king hated Lord Vishnu and threatened people in his kingdom to stop worshipping him.

“But this King’s own son, Prahlada was a devotee of Lord Vishnu.”

He explained that Prahlada denied obeying his father’s command.

“Hiranyakashyapu grew furious and instructed his sister Holika to burn Prahlada,” he said.

“Holika had the advantage of being immune to fire.

“She was absolutely sure that she would not get affected by the blazing fire and took seat on the fire with young Prahlada.

“Lord Vishnu rendered protection of his devotee Prahlada and he was alive but Holika was burnt into death.

“Therefore, the festival of Holi signifies the victory of good over evil.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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