Indian Community in Uganda Marks Holi(color) Festival in Style

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The Indian community in Uganda gathered recently in the parking lot opposite the StarTimes stadium in Lugogo to celebrate the Holi festival.

Holi is a festival of colours celebrated for two to three days every year among the Hindu, especially in Nepal and India.

People pour coloured water, splash colours on one another and cook lavishly. The legend goes that the demon king Hiranyakashyap had a son, Prahlad, the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. But Hiranyakashyap wanted to kill his son; so, he called his sister, Holika, who had a magic robe. This robe had the power to save the wearer from burning.

Patrons smear one another in colours

Hiranyakashyap ordered Holi to sit on a fire with Prahlad, hoping she would not be harmed but Prahlad would be burnt to death.

But the opposite happened, and the day is a celebration of good over evil. In Kampala, Canada-based Indian singer Shivangi Bhayana headlined the event as Nicholas Bamulanzeki witnessed.

Some of the day’s entertainers
A reveller gets smeared with the colours
Colours being splashed

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