Holi in Phnom Penh

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At the Holi festival, both the young and old play with water and dab themselves with colour. Eileen McCormick

Holi is known as the Indian festival of colours and is celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. The festival is also popular with non-Indians where colour is smeared on each other. Water is also used to drench those partying in the ceremony.

The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. In different parts of the country it is known with different names.

Members of the Indian Association Cambodia (left) posing at the Holi celebrations.
Photo: Eileen McCormick

The Indian Association Cambodia last Sunday celebrated Holi, in Phnom Penh, where both the young and old played with water guns and water-filled balloons to colour each other.

Holi also signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships.

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