It is a surprising fact that there is a country in South America that celebrates Holi with the utmost energy. That is Guyana, where the Hindu community is almost 1/3 of the total population. See how people celebrate Holi there.
Holi 2020 in Guyana:
Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America. Hindu community lives here in a significant number, and they know Holi by the name of Phagwa.
People plant a tree named Holika, which is the castor oil tree. This ceremony marks the beginning of the Holi celebrations. And is a month ahead from the final day of Holi. After a month, when the Holika plant grows big, they cut it and burn it as a bonfire. It is to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Holi of colors:
Abrack is the name of the color powder, and Abeer is the name of the watercolor in Guyana. People celebrate Holi all around Guyana. Children make it more fun by spraying watercolor with Pichkaris on every passerby.
Specialty of Holi in Guyana:
The Holi celebrations mark as a national holiday in Guyana. It is a surprising fact for a country that is not India. Also, overseas Guyanese plan to visit their homeland on this occasion. They make sure that they are with their friends and families at the festival of colors.
If you want to witness a nation that celebrates Holi as a whole besides India, be there in Guyana. You will surely love the passion of the people.