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Local Hindus celebrate holy day

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ABOUT 1,200 Hindus and their guests celebrated Holi in Winnipeg Sunday with singing, dancing and faces brightened by coloured powder.

Holi, known as the festival of colours, celebrates the beginning of spring.

Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events in Hindu mythology.

"It's a very lively occasion, celebrating the rejuvenation of spring," said Mona Goomansingh, chairwoman of the Ellice Avenue Temple at 854 Ellice Ave., where about 200 people participated. About 1,000 people joined the fun at Winnipeg's other Hindu temple, the Dr. Raj Pandey Hindu Centre at 999 St. Anne's Rd.

People's faces are often sprayed with bright powder from a toy gun that resembles a water pistol.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 1, 2013 A3

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