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10,000 came out in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Holi made its way to South Africa this weekend, where thousands of Cape Town residents flung colored packets of corn flour at each other. It's the first time the Hindu festival has been celebrated in the country.

Not everyone was so thrilled about the event, however. Some Hindus struck back at what they saw as commercialization of a religious event. According to the South African Times:

According to Ashwin Trikamjee, President of the South African Hindu Maha Saba, Holi “is a day…when people unite…embrace and celebrate as equals”. He explained that in South Africa, much emphasis is placed on prayer during Holi with devotees worshiping Ganesh-Gauri, Kalash and Shri Krishna, usually at temples.

Below, scenes from Cape Town, via Reuters:

Revellers are covered in coloured cornflour powder as they take part in the Holi One festival in Cape Town. (Mark Wessels/Reuters)
A reveller reacts as he is covered in coloured cornflour powder while participating in the Holi One festival in Cape Town. (Mark Wessels/Reuters)


Revellers are covered in coloured cornflour powder as they take part in the Holi One festival in Cape Town. (Mark Wessels/Reuters)



Revellers blow coloured cornflour powder as they take part in the Holi One festival in Cape Town,. (Mark Wessels/Reuters)

 

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