Holi – Hindu Festival of Colours
Published Wednesday 20th February 2013
Suffolk’s first Holi Festival will take place in Holywells Park, Ipswich, on Sunday 24th March and aims to provide a feast of colours and family fun.
The event, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, is being hosted by the Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association (ISIA) and Ipswich Hindu Samaj.
Holi is the Hindu festival that welcomes the spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season. Holi is called "The Festival of Colours" and people celebrate the festival by covering each other with brightly coloured paints, throwing coloured powder and dye in a celebration of the spring season. The event, with support from Ipswich Borough Council, is being organised by the same team that brings the popular Indian Summer Mela to Ipswich each year.
Poli Mohan, ISIA chair said "Holi is about the whole community coming together and enjoying the Holi festival atmosphere. We are bringing a real taste of India to Holywells Park with Indian music, dance and food. It's going to be a wonderful atmosphere and a great opportunity for a family day out."
Councillor Sandy Martin, Ipswich Borough Council's Fairer Ipswich portfolio-holder, said: "This promises to be great fun, with activities for everyone. I'd like to thank the Hindu community for organising this, but I hope that people of all creeds, nationalities and ages will come to Holywells Park and join in. I intend to get thoroughly sprayed with paint - and give as good as I get!"
Entry to the event is free and organisers will provide paint and powder. People wanting to get involved with this aspect of the festival are advised to wear old clothing.
For further information visit www.isia.org.uk.