The Phagwa celebration yesterday raised a large crowd. There was a huge crowd at Wakapasi and in the Palm Garden. The police had to take action last night against the revelers who had gathered at these locations.
The revelers did not heed the calls of Justice and Police Ministers Kenneth Amoksi and his colleague from Health, Amar Ramadhin, to celebrate the party in private. Society had been called upon not to organize large parties to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Wilhelminastraat and other locations were also very busy. There were also many vehicles in the area. The Feast of Victory, New Year, Harvest, and Redemption is celebrated annually by the Hindus.
In Suriname, Phagwa is normally celebrated on a grand scale. There are also demonstrations, but in order to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, this party cannot be celebrated in a grand way from last year.
The Holika was burned in various locations. Because of the COVID-19 rules, this was also done in private.
On Facebook there has been a lot of criticism of the masses, who were on their feet with Phagwa. For example, an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases is expected after two weeks. It was striking that many people took to the streets without covering their mouth and nose.