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Beauty & Health DEN HAAG - Hindus wane around the world celebrate Monday and Tuesday Holika Dahan and Holi Phagua. In the Netherlands, this festival celebrated by nearly 300,000 Hindus wane. The party that represents the victory of good over evil is one of the main Hindu heyday. Also, this feast for the New Year and good harvest in India.

The Holifeest during a special ceremony inaugurated by planting a cutting of the castor bean castor-oil plant by a Pandit (Hindu priest). Planted around the 'Holika' during the next forty days a pyre made of wood, dry branches and straw. This symbolizes evil and burned during the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan, set on fire. This happens on the night of full moon in March. According to the Hindu calendar, this is the month Phagun. Hence this festival is called Holi Phagua. On this day, this year next Tuesday, the actual feast celebrated. Regardless of what day the party is the party lasts until the next Tuesday. In the Netherlands, however, after Holi Phagua almost nothing noticeable.

On Phagua Holi is the festival celebrated with music and singing groups pious songs (chautaals) sing. It is noteworthy that everyone who celebrates Holi with colored water (abir) and red and green powder is sprinkled and soiled as a sign of friendship and hope for the future.


The history of Holi goes back to the Indian mythology. In the ancient Hindu holy writings Vishnu Purana is the story of prince Prahlad and his father King Hiranyakashipu, the famous story of Holi. The king was very powerful. His power was so great that he believed that he was more powerful than God. Therefore he forbade anyone to be praying to God or even just the name of God to speak. Everyone had to worship the King. His son Prahlad was a religious boy. His faith was pure and he knew that nobody was above God, not even his father. He made his ideas the world, for which he was punished by Hiranyakashipu. Prahlad was, how heavy the penalties were also to adopt his faith. It noted the king a plan. His sister, Holika, who possessed magical powers, had to kill Prahlad. Hiranyakashipu made them a great pyre with his sister Holika and his son Prahlad.

Holika claimed to be able to conjure fire and not burn. The king and his sister wanted to prove that God is not mightier than the king Prahlad and his devotion would not have and would die. The plan failed, however, because Prahlad survived the fire with the help of God and Holika burned until nothing more of her than a pile of ashes. Holi is celebrated to commemorate this story. According to Hindu tradition, this is the perfect example that good always overcomes evil.

CBS figures

Live in the Netherlands, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), 315,177 Surinamese, of whom about half, about 150,000, would be of Hindu origin. The Hindu organizations united in the Hindu Council Netherlands (HRN) these numbers are not correct. They go from about 300,000 Hindus tan, who is 90% Hindu, 8% Muslim and about 2% Christians and Hindus wane not profess faith. Approximately 40% of the Hindu community lives in the next. The Hindu population is the largest immigrant group in Den Haag. One theory why the Hindus tan went to Den Haag from Suriname that they Oranje-friendly, because the queen sits in The Hague, and because the government is in Den Haag.

Worldwide celebrate nearly a half billion Hindus Holifeest the wane. The Hindu population is a group of people whose ancestors originally come from India. Hindus are those who profess Hinduism.

Source: Haagsche Courant
Perdiep Ramesar

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