Rainbow revellers paint Heaton Park all colours for Hindu Holi festival (From Prestwich and Whitefield Guide)
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Rainbow revellers paint Heaton Park all colours for Hindu Holi festival
5:38pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
HEATON Park was painted not just red but all the colours of the rainbow as revellers came together on Saturday for a riotous paint-throwing celebration.
The park saw 2,500 partygoers attend the Holi One festival – a colourful celebration based loosely on Hindu traditions.
Customarily observed in India and Nepal to celebrate the beginning of spring, Holi One saw festival-goers dress in white to throw vivid paint powder into the air after a countdown every hour.
As sporadic paint fights broke out at the open-air event, DJs RM Bergmann, Ben Wood, Richard Dinsdale and ‘So Called Scumbags’ regaled crowds.
Stephan Dau, organiser of Holi One, said: “The Holi One festival at Heaton Park was a great success and everyone who attended loved the event and left with a big smile on their face. With a capacity of 2,500 the festival looked amazing and we can’t wait to come back to Manchester in 2014 for a bigger and better Holi One experience.”
The Holi One festival franchise has now spread as far afield as Germany, the USA and Singapore. The traditional Hindu festival originally commemorated good harvests and the fertility of the land and is also known as Phagwah or Festival of Colours.
A spokeswoman for Holi One said organisers had not yet confirmed whether the festival would return to Heaton Park, but said it would definitely come back to Manchester next year.
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