Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Holi Festival 2012
We know it's right around the corner - Spring that is. We've had a few days of teasing sunshine, but - like a badger in their sett - the favourable weather seems to want to be coaxed out...unfortunately, that's quite impossible.
Though what isn't impossible, is getting into the spirit of Spring and celebrating all it brings - this is the nature of the Hindu Festival of Holi. The celebration involves throwing coloured powder and dyes at each other - a symbolic act of welcoming the warm colours of Spring born from the departing Winter. Culturally, it is very exhilarating and there are no boundaries as everyone is equal in the mutual joy and excitement they share.
For the past three years, Orleans House Gallery have organised and held an incredibly successful day of celebration; each year bigger than the last. Based on the Twickenham Riverside outside the Gallery grounds, an eventful day has been organised with live music; dance workshops and more.
To add to the variety, this year - for the first time - an Indian/Asian Market will be held on Church Street with stalls offering food; crafts; henna tattoos; fabrics etc. All in an effort to bring the festival to Twickenham Town! If you've been eagle-eyed enough, you'll see that a banner for the event hangs proudly across the street soon to be joined by coloured flags.
The Holi Festival of Colour takes place on Saturday 10th March 2012 from 1.00pm to 4.00pm (the market is open from 11.30am to 5.00pm); to download a .pdf of the featured flyer, all you need to do is click on it.