‘Fun for all the family’ is a phrase bandied about with frequency, but it can have no more appropriate use than for this Sunday’s Holi Festival of colours taking place in the Plaza Fañabe from 1pm.
Holi is a Hindu celebration, but one of the most all-inclusive events you’ll find this side of the St Patrick’s Day festival. Also known as the “festival of colours” or the “festival of love”, it signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and a day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, or so they say!
Wear your oldest clothes, (and if you’re driving bring a towel and change of clothes for afterwards) as from the minute you get there will be doused in colour and drenched in water. You can also buy small pouches of (rice-based) colours which you can then throw over whoever you like – anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. According to Hindu legends on this day caste separations are null and void –everyone is whatever colour they wish to be.
Apart from the fun, there will be food and drink on sale, with much of the monies raised going to a variety of charities, including the Lions Club. And with three DJs on hand to rock the afternoon away, where else would you be!