Christchurch’s Holi Festival of Colours will back for a fourth time on Saturday 4 March. But this time entry will be free and it will be at an even bigger and better venue. UINZ – Unitedindians.nz is proud to announce that we are social media partner for the event.
The new venue on the corner of Madras and Gloucester Streets (opposite Latimer Square) has been provided by Otakaro as part of its sponsorship of the event.
Holi co-organiser Hitesh Sharma from Revel Events says, “It’s awesome that Otakaro, along with other sponsors, is helping to make this event free, so everyone in Christchurch can dance, throw colours and have fun together.”.
Performers, TribalDiva Belly Dance Company, will be performing for the first time at the event. The group’s director Tracey Saunders says, “I can’t wait to be part of this year’s Holi. It’s awesome to see different cultures coming together to celebrate one another”.
Holi is a traditional Indian festival that is held around the world. It is designed to bring people together and strengthen communities. It is about connecting, forgiving and looking ahead. The throwing of powder colours symbolises everyone becoming equals, whether they are friends, foe or strangers. Taking to the stage for the second year in a row in Christchurch will be Bollywood hip hop group, Subject 2 Change. Group member Darshana Darshika says, “Holi, for me, is all about spending time with the people I care about and being amongst all that colour – which is something you don’t get to do everyday”.
Others helping to get the crowd into the Holi spirit will include entertainment group, Chant et Danse. International DJs will also be there to keep the crowd on their feet in the colour-throwing zone.
Indian food and traditional Indian games will once again be part of the day including the crowd favourite Matki Phod. This game sees teams of three to five work together to create a human pyramid and then try to break a pot of coloured yoghurt above their heads.
Event co-organiser Sandeep Khanna says, “Holi is the perfect time for families to enjoy time with each other and have fun. There’s nothing else like it in Christchurch”.
Holi will be held on Saturday 4 March, between 11am and 3pm, on the corner of Madras and Gloucester Streets (opposite Latimer Sqaure). Entry will be free. Holi colours will be available to purchase at $5 for two packets. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/ChristchurchHoli.
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- Holi, which is one of the major festivals in India, is traditionally celebrated on the day of the full moon in March.
- The holiday originates from folk stories, passed down through generations.
- Each region in India celebrates Holi in its own way but it is widely recognised as a day to forgive, look ahead and celebrate with colours as a community.
- In India, the festivities begin the night before Holi with a Holika bonfire that symbolises the victory of good over evil.
- The throwing of colours stems from a story about baby Krishna who had dark blue skin. Krishna was worried that Radha, who had fair skin, would not like him. His mother told him to colour her face in any colour he wanted. He did and they became a couple.
- Dance performances, including the Ras-Leela, a re-enactment of the romantic dance between Krishna and his lover Radha, take place during Holi.
- The ‘matki phod’ game celebrates the legend that, during his childhood, Lord Krishna used to form similar human pyramids to break a pot of butter or yoghurt that was hung far above him to keep it out of his reach.