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THOU­SANDS of peo­ple brought a burst of colour to an East Ren­frew­shire park at the week­end.

Cel­e­brat­ing di­ver­sity, the Fes­ti­val of Colour took place at Rouken Glen in Giffnock on Satur­day.

Peo­ple of all ages turned out to the an­nual event of mu­sic and colours – us­ing a pow­der call gu­lal to cover the park and them­selves in bright and colour­ful shades.

The cel­e­bra­tion of di­ver­sity, known as Holi, comes from the roots of Hin- du be­lief and aims to bring peo­ple to­gether re­gard­less of class, sta­tus, colour or creed.

The pow­der is used to cre­ate a vi­brant at­mos­phere with the aim to re­in­force that re­li­gion and so­cial sta­tus should not be a bar­rier within so­ci­ety.

Ac­tiv­i­ties on the day also in­cluded a bouncy cas­tle, henna hand paint­ing and a va­ri­ety of food stalls.

Paul Kane, the con­vener of ed­u­ca­tion and equal­i­ties said: “It is a fan­tas­tic cel­e­bra­tion.”

Pic­tures: Mark Gib­son

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