Subh Holi 2012, The Festival of Colors celebrations in Paramaribo, Suriname

Surinamese Hindustani ( Hindoestanen in Dutch ) Community organized many activities weeks before for coming celebration of Holi 2012 also known as Festival of Colors, but my Holi 2012 journey started a day before 8 March 2012, the official Holi day of this year. Holi is an official holiday in Suriname since many years.

I started from the public school, OS L.R. Rahanschool (Google Map) of Nieuwe Ground located on Indra Gandhi Weg. Students from primary school were covered full with Holi powders. The school located behind the Wednesday Market and I added few extra frames from this market. Come on! A post is not a post for me without some photographs from the markets ;)

Suriname is the first and best sample for rest of the world to show them how many different cultures and religions can live together peacefully. You can see in my photos many different cultures celebrates Holi all together.

Holi Bonfire fired at backyard of SSDP ( Shri Sanatan Dharma Paramaribo Noord )‘s Shri Radha Krishna Mandir Temple (Google Map) and the night continued with ceremonies, plus live performances of Surinamese Hindustani dancers, singers, cultural groups. Also a group of Surinamese Javanese dancers performed at same night.

Next morning, 8 March 2012 Thursday started with religious ceremony of Holi. Holi Bonfire extinguished symbolically while pouring holy mix made with flowers and milk. Then prayers, participants, including guests received a touch of holy ash to their forehead then everyone celebrated, hugged each other while getting colorful Holi powders and also some perfumes as spray on their clothes, necks.

Traditional Surinamese Hindustani music group SSDP Cautal Samaatj, performed under front portico of Shri Radha Krishna Mandir Temple while getting their first Holi powders mostly from children.

I invited to one of Surinamese Hindustani family, CH. Soekhnandan’s home after the religious ceremony at Shri Radha Krishna Mandir Temple. Pandits from Shri Radha Krishna Mandir Temple and guests entertained by family CH. Soekhnandan and traditional Surinamese Hindustani music group SSDP Cautal Samaatj performed their religious part there too, while home made traditional Hindustani snacks, desserts serving to the guests. The members of traditional Surinamese Hindustani music group SSDP Cautal Samaatj and guests, everyone, started to receive their Holi powders and colored waters to their heads, necks, shoulders from CH. Soekhnandan’s family members. Funny war started after traditional Surinamese Hindustani music group SSDP Cautal Samaatj finished their religious play… Then they left with a bus for their next performance at another Surinamese Hindustani family or for a Surinamese Hindustani Community’s event, organized in many places around Paramaribo. I preferred to visit Subh Holi Party organized by Parbo Bier at Flamboyant Park / Flambojant-Park (Google Map)

The most funny and attractive part started after 15:00 o’clock. Parbo Bier ( Parbo Beer ) offered free Holi powders, wet / creamy colors, color sprays too. Few small pools were full with water guns. Preparation of the party was still on process when I arrived there. It gave me an opportunity to show you earlier hours of the party. You may see how the Flamboyant Park / Flambojant – Park became crowded but funny and colorful place. The party attracted mostly tourists, – especially – Dutch tourists, students and also many curious visitors from other countries at the beginning but Surinamese people filled up the Flamboyant Park / Flambojant – Park quickly in a few hours.

I included many photos when people arriving and after they received colorful Holi powders, colored waters, sprays while I’m shooting there.

My post includes more than 400 photos, because it covers many frames from five different scenes in two days. I captured all Holi 2012 ceremonies and events with my Nikon D2Xs while using sort of lenses ;

  • Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* f/2 100mm ZF.2 manual focus lens.
  • Nikkor 35mm f/2.0D AF
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D AF
  • Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC

All photos converted from NEF (Nikon’s RAW format) to JPG and resized with Capture NX2 in batches without any manual touch. Hope you like it.


All the best,

Subh Holi celebration at public school of OS L.R. Rahanschool located on Patrawanica (Ingira Gandhi Weg / JFK Highway ) AKA the road between Paramaribo - Lely Dorp.     TO SEE FULL SET OF PHOTOS PLEASE VISIT     http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/blog/subh-holi About Holi : Holi (Hindi: होली), is a religious spring festival celebrated by Hindus. Holi is also known as festival of Colours. It is primarily observed in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and countries with large Indic diaspora populations following Hinduism, such as Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji. It is also known as Doḷajāta (Oriya: ଦୋଳଯାତ) in Orissa and Dol Jatra (Bengali: দোলযাত্রা) or Basantotsav (“spring festival”) (Bengali: বসন্তোৎসব) in West Bengal. The most celebrated Holi is in the Braj region, in locations connected to the Lord Krishna: Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana. These places have become tourist destinations during the festive season of Holi. Large parts of South India, however, do not celebrate Holi with the same fervour as in other parts of the country… Please visit Wikipedia for more information about Holi
Ertugrul Kilic — 9 March 2012, 22:49


  1. greatings,
    wonderfull photo’s.

    best regards,

    — John Parsadi · 12 March 2012, 21:52 · #

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