Sub­urb to mark fes­ti­val of colours

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Colours will fly this weekend as the In­dian com­mu­nity cel­e­brates Holi.

The an­cient tra­di­tion marks the tran­si­tion from win­ter to spring and hap­pens around the be­gin­ning of March in the north­ern hemi­sphere.

The Fes­ti­val of Colours is part of the tra­di­tion and in­volves people throw­ing brightly coloured pow­ders at each other as they cel­e­brate.

The San­dring­ham Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion is hold­ing its own ver­sion of the fes­ti­val at San­dring­ham Re­serve on Sun­day.

‘‘It is about cel­e­brat­ing hap­pi­ness and the vic­tory of good over evil,’’ busi­ness owner Gau­rang Am­bani says.

There is nor­mally dancing, mu­sic and food, he says.

‘‘I think it will be quite neat for people to get to ex­pe­ri­ence a lit­tle bit of the cul­ture away from In­dia. We cel­e­brate it ev­ery year but this is def­i­nitely a first for San­dring­ham,’’ he says.

San­dring­ham Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mark Birdling says the fes­ti­val is a chance to re­mind the pub­lic the sub­urb is a place to visit for its range of eth­ni­cally di­verse restaurants and stores.

The fes­ti­val runs from 11am to 2pm.

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