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May 20, 2013

Children play with colored powders and waters as part of the traditional celebration of Phagwa (photo credit: Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company)

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The dual-island nation celebrates its Hindu heritage with Phagwa festivities

Port of Spain, Trinidad – March 1, 2013. The Hindu festival of colors known as Phagwa or Holi is one of the liveliest times to visit Trinidad and Tobago. As revelers take to the streets to splash color on each other as part of the celebration that spring has, once again, returned, locals and visitors alike will be in awe of the brightness and joy that surrounds this playful holiday.

The observance of Phagwa, was introduced to Trinidad by indentured East Indian laborers around 1845 and now, with a population that is more than 40 percent East Indian, the holiday has become an important day for locals, regardless of religious background.  Visitors can join in on the celebrations as everyone takes part in the throwing and spraying of colored powders and liquids in the streets and parks. No visitor will feel like an outsider during this festive celebration while traveling from town-to-town around the island of Trinidad celebrating the festival and enjoying local delicacies – such as jalebi and channa – and juices with the locals.

Taking place on the last full moon of the winter season, Phagwa will take place on March 27, 2013.

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About Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the 'cultural capital of the Caribbean,' is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan drum, the only new acoustic instrument to be invented in the 20th century.  Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World's Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit  or 



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