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Phagwah’s colors help celebrate a new year

Hindu fest in Schenectady lets all start anew

Priya Pooran, right, hugs Devendra Sukhnandan, 18, both of Schenectady, during a Phagwah/Holi celebration at the Schenectady Hindu Temple on Saturday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Priya Pooran, right, hugs Devendra Sukhnandan, 18, both of Schenectady, during a Phagwah/Holi celebration at the Schenectady Hindu Temple on Saturday.
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You don’t have to know what Phagwah is to enjoy it. “Some of these people on the streets don’t even know what we’re doing or why we’re doing it, but it just looks like fun so they join in,” said Mukesh Khemraj, whose face and clothes were smeared in damp red powder. A crowd had started to gather around the Dollar General on State Street in Schenectady, where a line of trucks had pulled off ...

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