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New Zealand Welcomes Hindu Festival Of Colors

on 2010/2/14 8:01:01 ( 1147 reads )


NEW ZEALAND, February 11, 2010: The Hindu Council of New Zealand is now introducing the Festival of Colors (Holi) to the public for the first time on Sunday, 28 February 2010. After Deepawali, Holi is the second most important festival of India. Observed since ancient times, Holi festival - a spring festival in India - glorifies good harvest and fertility of the land.

Holi is also a festival of fun accompanied by folk songs and dances. People celebrate it by covering each other with colored powder, and drenching with colored water. The colorful festival bridges social gaps and differences, bringing people and communities together. Immigrant Indian communities all over the world including New Zealand celebrate Hol.

The Hindu Council of New Zealand and Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu Village are working together to organize a family fun day and share this Hindu festival with Rotorua public. This festival is one more step forward in Hindu-Maori relations (whakawhanaungatanga).

"It was the support, participation and positive feedback from the public during Rotorua Deepawali Festival that encouraged us to introduce this new festival to Rotorua" said Dr. Guna Magesan, General Secretary of Hindu Council of New Zealand and one of the coordinators of this festival.

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