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Holi 2017: Hindus celebrate the festival of light and colour in Goodmayes

PUBLISHED: 16:31 13 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 13 March 2017

Committee members play Holi at an event organised by Shubham London on 11th March, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davision

Committee members play Holi at an event organised by Shubham London on 11th March, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davision

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People young and old partied in Goodmayes on Saturday, covering themselves in every colour possible to celebrate Holi – the start of the Hindu new year.

Organised by Shubham London, a community group based in south Redbridge, Hindus and non-Hindus alike gathered at Express Drive for Holi.

Deepak Shukla, one of the organisers, told the Recorder about the festival, which is now celebrated worldwide.

“It is at the start of spring, March 13, which is the beginning of the Hindu new year,” he explained.

“It is a festival of love, and we throw the colour to show that your life will always be colourful and full of love.

“It is the happiest of all the Hindu festivals.”

In Goodmayes as elsewhere across the world celebrations are marked by splashing colour, and revellers throw gulal, a coloured powder, into the air and on each other.

Redbridge Mayor Cllr Gurdial Bhamra and ward councillors Bert Jones and Barbara White attended, with Cllr Bhamra almost getting some of the gulal on his sharp pinstripe suit.

Deepak added: “It was a great event and a great opportunity to celebrate with the community.”

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