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Holi celebrated in Fiji

The festival of colour was celebrated with fervour by the majority Indian-origin population.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 17:51 IST

Holi, the festival of colour, was celebrated with great fervour in Fiji where people of Indian origin comprise 44 per cent of the country's 890,000 population.

Holi, in fact, was celebrated for three days from March 14 to 16.

A report in the Fiji Times newspaper quoted Fiji's Multi-Ethnic Affairs Minister George Shiu Raj as saying that people should be proud that Fiji is a multiracial society where there is freedom to practice one's religion.

Raj said Holi brought the message of togetherness and the theme that 'In unity lies strength'.

"While Holi has religious significance to the Hindus, it breaks racial barriers," he said while adding: "Our country thrives on religious tolerance."

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 17:51 IST