Phagwah is the famous Holi Festival in Guyana. In 2017, Phagwah will be observed on March 12 and March 13 in Guyana in Caribbean. The Phagwah celebrations in Guyana are observed mainly under the guidance of Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha. Numerous activities are organized during the period.
Rama Krishna Dharmic Sabha Mandir in Barr Street Kitty, Georgetown, hosts annual evening of Holi melodies – Holi Sangam (a week earlier)
Annual Phagwah Mela and Bazaar is held a week earlier before the Phagwah day.
Chowtaal Samelan, an initiative of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, is also being held in the Sabha’s Praants countrywide. Chowtaal gols or groups from Mandirs in each region will converge at the various venues to share in spirited singing reflective of the festival. There will also be beautiful Phagwah melodies and pulsating tassa drumming. (starting from March 5).
On Saturday, March 11, the East Berbice Praant’s Golden Om Dharmic Youths will present its Phagwah Mela and Katahar Curry Competition at the Rose Hall Estate Welfare Ground in Canje, beginning at 15:00h. There will be an exciting stage programme which includes an enactment of the story of Bhakta Prahalad, songs and dances along with a number of Holi related activities. Admission to this event will be $200. Holika Dahan – the Burning of Holika – will be observed by mandirs countrywide on Sunday, March 12. Phagwah or Holi will be celebrated on Monday, March 13 and will be commemorated with the annual Holi Utsav at the Everest Cricket Club Ground at 16:00h.