Holi 2018: Hindu community celebrate in Goodmayes

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:37 12 March 2018

Hindu community celebrate Holi in Goodmayes. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar

Hindu community celebrate Holi in Goodmayes. Photo: Aaron Walawalkar


A vibrant splash of colour was added to a grey day in Goodmayes as more than 100 people from the Hindu community gathered to celebrate Holi.

Nearly 150 people gathered to celebrate the festival of colour and usher in season of Spring on Saturday, March 10.

Families, mostly of Indian descent, danced in the street, ate food and plastered each other in coloured powder, known as gulal, as Bollywood songs blared from a sound system.

Organised by Shubham London, a community group based in south Redbridge, this event was the 10th of its kind to take place in Express Drive.

Committee member Deepak Shukla said: “This is the beginning of a new life. Like we have Easter in England, this is the Easter more or less of India.”

Holi festivities takes place every year, beginning on the evening of the full moon that comes in the Hindu month of Phalguna, which falls between the end of February and the middle of March, and carrying on into the next day.

This year Holi fell on March 1 and 2.

But in the UK many celebrations were postponed as the country was coated in snow by the Beast from the East.

Revellers throw coloured powder over each other, in part to symbolise the love of between Hindu god Krishna and goddess Radha.

According to one of the more popular stories of the festival’s origins, Krishna was embarassed about his blue skin and worried his love Radha would not accept him.

Krishna was instructed by his mother to cover Radha’s face in whichever colour he wanted.

When he did, they fell in love.

The gulal also symbolizes the new colours that are brought to nature through the coming of spring.

Reveller Priyanka, who was attending the Goodmayes event for the second time, said: “It is really good.

“It is about meeting friends and family.

“It is good for our kids to understand the festival and the culture by playing with colour together.”

Guests enjoyed traditional Indian food including samosas, jalabis and gulab jamun.

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