Holi/Harmony Day at The Ponds

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Holi/Harmony Day at The Ponds
25th March 2016

An explosion of colour hit The Ponds on Sunday, with about 3000 people turning out to celebrate the Indian festival of Holi.

Holi, which is also known as a festival of colour, is traditionally celebrated to mark the arrival of Spring in India, but has become popular in Australia in recent years.

People from across the north-west came together originally wearing white, but left covered in a spectrum of colours. The Holi celebration in The Ponds is now in its third year, and organiser Mohit Kumar said its popularity keeps on growing.

“The first time in 2014 we had about 1500 people and it grew last year to 2000,” he said. “We had even more inquiries about the event this year.”

Sunday’s Holi celebrations also commemorated Harmony Day, which takes place on Monday.

Mr Kumar said Harmony Day was combined with Holi to make the event “more relevant to Australians”.

“It’s all about unity and diversity and celebrating multiculturalism,” he said.

“When you are all coloured with the [Holi] colours, you can’t distinguish between people.

“Holi is a chance for people to come together, forget their differences and start fresh.”

While events such as The Colour Run have been inspired by Holi, Mr Kumar said it’s a chance for more people to know about the Indian festival.

“It makes it easier for us to have others relate to what we are doing,” he said.

(This story is from Rouse Hill Courier)

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