Bronxites Celebrate Holi, Festival Of Colors

Bharati Kemraj (l), Bharati Dance Academy founder, prepared to rub some ‘abrack’ colored powder on her grandmother Seeta Persaud (r).
Photo courtesy of Bharati Kemraj

It was a burst of colors on Sunday, March 4 as the community joined the Vishnu Mandir Hindu Temple and Bharati Dance Academy for Holi, a celebration embracing the festival of colors, positive energy and the coming of Spring. The celebration of Holi, often called Phagwah, is observed with the sprinkling of colored powder (‘gulal) or colored water on each other symbolizing the breaking down of all barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same. One legend associated with the holiday is of Prahlada and Hiranyaksha which reminds us all of victories of ‘Good over Evil.’

(l-r) Richie Lekhram; Christina Kemraj; Steve Singh; Pandit Vishnu Sukul, Vishnu Mandir founder; Nicholas Himidian, Jr., Community Board 9 chairman; Sarojini Sanchoo; Bharati Kemraj and Bronxites enjoyed participating in the Hindu Festival of Colors.
Photo courtesy of Bharati Kemraj

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