Do you call it Holi or Phagwah?


It depends!

The famed color festival originated in India as a Hindu celebration of springtime, the burning of Holika and the mischief of Krishna. It also traveled the oceans centuries ago to the Caribbean. In Trinidad and Guyana, those who celebrate the festival call it Phagwah, which is rooted in the Hindi word, Phalguna, that corresponds with the months of February and March. 

We were reminded by this history because we're planning our first live experience, Holi Hooray! at the Brooklyn Children's Museum in Crown Heights, a predominantly Caribbean community.