Sunday, March 11, 2007
Deomatty Arjun by Eric Harvey Brown
No, it's not an expletive or a slur. It's a Hindu New Year festival that involves LOTS of colored powder, transplanted by emigrants to the Caribbean countries of Guyana & Trinidad & then to Richmond Hill, Queens. Whatever else it's about, Phagwah is about color. Jersey City freelance shooter Eric Brown covered the festival with his trusty Holga & got a 6-pic essay, "Pink Clouds Over Richmond Hill," in today's City section of The New York Times. Killer work.
For more Phagwah see vivid takes by Adam Pantozzi/tozzer & Lori/gardengal on Flickr.
Question: is Phagwah a Hindi word? What does it mean?