Holi Festival at South Africa :

Indians never forget their culture and festivals. So, Indians who got settled in foreign countries also celebrate the festival of Holi with full enthusiasm and fun. Because of this nature, their children also get knowledge about Indian culture and never forget to respect their elders.

Indians in South Africa also takes immense pleasure in celebrating the festival of Holi. Gujrati’s and other Indians settled in South Africa celebrate this festival every year and keep this tradition alive in the country. They follow all the Holi traditions like burning of bonfire called ‘Holika’, playing colors, singing of Holi songs, etc. They also meet with their friends and relatives and exchange sweets and greetings.

In this modern society, it is becoming very important to keep ancient traditions alive. Holi festival is a great way to get people closer and to make new friends. It generates new affection and love in relationships and sometimes enemies become friends on this day of Holi.

South Africa is a country located at the southern tip of African continent and has largest Indian immigrants. So there are so many Indian communities in South Africa which help people in organizing the festivals. Most of the Indian communities are located in the eastern regions of Transvaal and Natal of South Africa. About 65% of Hindus live in this area and that’s why many Hindu festivals are celebrated here.

So, in South Africa, Indians celebrates Holi festival with complete joy and happiness. Tourists also participate in this (more…)

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Holi Celebrations around the world :

Holi is one of the most popular Indian festivals. It is known as the festival of colors. The festival is celebrated with great gaiety not only in India, but all over the world amongst the Indian communities.

The festival truly brings out the festive mood in all Indians around the world. The festival evokes a sense of oneness and belongingness amongst Indians residing in foreign land. Indians settled in foreign countries celebrate the festival with great fanfare and adhere to the traditions and rituals associated with the festival.

Let us look at How Holi is celebrated in different countries around the world:

  • Holi in Mauritius:

Mauritius has a huge Indian population in the country; Hindus constitute about 63% of the Mauritius population. With such huge Hindu population, the festival is celebrated with gusto.

  • Holi in United Kingdom:

It is a known fact that several Indians have settled in different parts of Britain. The Hindus residing in the country do not miss the chance to celebrate Holi. In UK Holi is celebrated with utmost joy, since Indians constitute the second largest ethnic group.

  • Holi in USA:

Like UK, USA has a large population of Indians living in the country. The Indians, especially the Hindus residing in USA celebrate with same joy as their Indian counterparts.

There are plenty of Indian societies and religious organizations in USA. All these groups come together and relish the opportunity to celebrate the Holi festival and feel close to their cultural roots. The organizations arrange social gathering to mark the occasion. The main motive of these gathering is to teach the young generation about the significance of the festival and help them to identify their roots.  The Holi celebration can be seen in the streets of New York, which has the large numbers of Indians residing in the city.

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