Holi is celebrated with lot of mirth and excitement in Surinam which
has a large number of Indians. Hindus constitute about 35-40% of the
population, an important part of this is people who immigrated from Uttar
Pradesh and Bihar.
Just as in India, people here take great delight in spraying colour on each
other and singing Holi songs. Holika is also burnt on the eve of Holi which
is symbolic of victory of good over evil.
There is a similarity in the way Holi is celebrated in Surinam and that in
Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Here too, people plant a castor oil plant
weeks before the festival and this plant is burnt later as Holika. Between
these days people engage themselves in nightly chowtaal and taan singing at
each other's homes or at the temples.
Delicacies like bara, gulgula, phulourie, bigany, mango or tamarind
chutney, potato ball, prasad, channa, ghoja, mahambhoog, kheer or sweet
rice, among others beverage are prepared and served at the temples where
large Holi gatherings takes place.