Holi is a traditional Indian festival that is held around the world. It is designed to bring people together and strengthen communities.  The festival was not just celebrated in India now, but was becoming increasingly popular around the world. Holi is a worldwide festival celebrating love, forgiveness, thanksgiving, and the victory of good over evil. It is centered on the idea that throwing colors makes us all look as one. It really is a beautiful thing, and just because it is rooted in another culture does not make it cultural appropriation!

Last year the festival was  held on  Johnsonville got a colourful blast of Bollywood ,the suburb played host to the Holi – Festival of Colours in Wellington, which featured music, food and colour and more than 6000 people participated  in this festival on 2016, the organizers expect more than 8000 people this year

Ritu Gupta said she moved to New Zealand several years ago and had been to Holi festivals in her home countries “lots of times”,  never miss the Holi festival after I  left India  .

“It’s not just people throwing colours in the air. When you put different colours on other people then you all feel as one. There are no different skin colours or people from other countries, everyone is the same. ” She added

The the colour festival is  scheduled to held on Wellington on   25th  March 2017, tickets are now available to purchase on www.dashtickets.co.nz

The Wellington Holi  celebration co-ordinator told Indianzherald that, “It’s about bringing people together, and creating friendships.”  beyond a mere  interpret  as  an  Indian festival.  It is about connecting, forgiving and looking ahead. The throwing of powder colours symbolises everyone becoming equals, whether they are friends, foe or strangers.The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest

Nicola Morrison, Dustin Morrison and Quinn Morrison, 3, from Newlands, at the Holi Festival of Colours.

 

The event was held on 5th March  on the corner of Madras and Gloucester Streets (opposite Latimer Square) has been provided by Otakaro as part of its sponsorship of the event

Performers, TribalDiva Belly Dance Company, were  performed for the first time at the event

Event organiser Hitesh Sharma said 6000 people attended this year, up from 4000 last year. He said there was an important message behind Holi that he hoped people took home with them.

“It’s not just people throwing colours in the air. When you put different colours on other people then you all feel as one. There are no different skin colours or people from other countries, everyone is the same. ”

Sharma said people of all demographics attended the festival today, and he wanted to encourage the fact that anyone was welcome at what was once an all-Indian event.

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