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
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.