Phagwah celebrations that fused colour, vibrancy and an ethnic mix, spread out across the country yesterday as Guyanese joined with the Hindu community in observing the festival.
Faces covered in abeer and bodies soaked with abrack or water, filled the streets of Georgetown from as early as 8 am in some areas. The wider celebrations got started around 9 am in the city and elsewhere.
Often, the most spirited of celebrations are in Albouystown, Prashad Nagar, Alexander Village, Kitty, Industry, Herstelling and Liliendaal - residents did not disappoint this year.
The youths of Albouystown were in the streets playing, wetting neighbours and making merry in their usual reckless style. Armed with buckets and powder, they danced from around the Albouystown area getting people involved in Phagwah whether they wanted to or not.
Over in Kitty, celebrations started within the confines of homes before many residents branched out and took Phagwah fever to the streets. Water guns and buckets were just about everywhere.
Around noon, things started to pick up in the Prashad Nagar area with a spirited celebration of Holi at the Indian Cultural Centre. Hundreds packed the venue to play, mingle, and just enjoy the day which marks the beginning of a new Hindu year.
By afternoon, celebrations had simmered a bit but only for a brief period because the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha was gearing up to do what they do every year- host the biggest Phagwah celebration in Guyana at its Prashad Nagar Kendra where thousands gather to pass the afternoon.