Redbridge’s Hindu community gear up to celebrate Holi - the coming of Spring

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 February 2018

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


Hundreds of Redbridge’s Hindus are gearing up to throw coloured powder at each other in celebration of Holi - the start of the New Year - this weekend.

But, as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ makes its way across the UK, a snow-filled cloud has been cast over the outdoor festival.

Subham London, a community group based in south Redbridge, expect between 200 and 300 people to attend their annual Holi event scheduled for Saturday (March 3).

Deepak Shukla, one of the event organisers, said: “We’re anticipating the weather will be good and current plans are for the event to go ahead unless we have heavy rain.”

The event is set to take place from 11am to 2pm behind in Tiger Hill, behind Goodmayes Railway Station.

He added: “It marks the beginning of the spring.

“The beauty of nature makes this festival colourful.

“The lovely flowers with their dazzling colours and the sweet songs on Holi.

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 takes place on on March 1 and 2.

The festival is widely celebrated across the world, by both Hindus and non-Hindus, despite originating in India.

More than 600 pupils from Avanti Primary School, in Carlton Drive, Barkingside, were set to splash each other with coloured powder known as gulal on Friday afternoon (March 2).

But following a risk assessment the event has been postponed, with a new date yet to be confirmed.

Their parents are also invited to attend a catered event with food donated from Barkingside businesses afterwards.

The celebration is being organised with the support of registered charity Friends of Avanti School, with money raised through selling food being invested into the school.

As well as the ushering in spring, Holi represents the triumph of good over evil.

With winter firmly clinging on, the Recorder hopes Redbridge revellers can beat the beast of the East.

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