Welwyn Hatfield Hindu festival brings a splash of colour to spring
PUBLISHED: 16:00 30 March 2019 | UPDATED: 16:41 01 April 2019
Welwyn Hatfield's Indian community have had one of their most vibrant celebrations, with old and young alike joining in Holi, the Festival of Colours.
Last Sunday (March 24), the air was filled with bright colour in the gardens of the Ludwick Family Club in Welwyn Garden City.
The festival of Holi is celebrated during a full moon in the Hindu month of ‘Phalgun’, or February to March.
It begins with a bonfire on Holi evening, and next day children and adults cover themselves in brightly coloured powders.
There is also dancing to Holi songs.
Councillor Pankit Shah, who attended with his family along with hundreds of others, said: “The festival of colours teaches humankind to transcend above caste and creed.
“It is a festival to forget old grievances and to meet others with great warmth and high spirits.”
Cllr Shah thanked the festival organisers, the Vibrant Indian Cultural Committee (VICC), and added: “The festival of colour gives an opportunity to reunite with family, friends and dear ones.
“This festivity brings colours into the life of people, when they can take a break from their monotonous life and share the joy with loved ones.
“It is also wonderful celebration to bring the community together and celebrate the triumph of good over evil.”