Holi festival of colour celebrated in Goodmayes

PUBLISHED: 16:36 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 29 March 2016

Goodmayes Park, Hazeldene Road, Goodmayes,IG3 9QZ - Holi festival of colour.

Goodmayes Park, Hazeldene Road, Goodmayes,IG3 9QZ - Holi festival of colour.


Purple, green and orange colours flew everywhere, as celebrators enjoyed the Hindu Holi festival of sharing love.

Organised by Goodmayes Cricket Club in Goodmayes Park on Friday, around 80 people took part in the celebration.

“It was a fantastic occasion,” said coordinator Jatin Nigam, “the whole community had a lot of fun”.

Holi is also known as the festival of colours, and is enjoyed by Hindus and now non-Hindus across the world.

Revellers mix water with coloured powder and throw it at one another.

The celebration is designed to purge all of the bad things which have happened to a person during the last year

Jatin, of Lindisfarne Road, Dagenham, explained: “It is a festival of colour and love.

“Any issues you have can be banished.”

The two day festival is held in mid to late March, in line with Full Moon Day on the Hindu calendar.

Jatin continued: “We burn fires and bury all of the bad things that happened, and start fresh for the new year.”

The 41-year-old added: “It’s a symbol of love, playing with colours with your friends and family.”

Before the Holi celebration with colours, teams played a game of cricket with special guest Cllr Kam Rai (Lab, Goodmayes) presenting players with certificates and awards.

The festival is now popularly celebrated by people of all religions across the world.

Prince Harry took part in the colourful fun at a Holi event in Nepal this year.

This was the first year the cricket club ran an event for the Hindu festival at Goodmayes Park, in Aberdour Road, and Jatin is confident there will be many more future celebrations.

“It was brilliant, between 80 and 100 people turned up and had a great time.

“I would like to thank my wife Alpana for helping organise the event and also our special guest Cllr Rai.”

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