Hindus have applauded England’s Ipswich Borough Council for supporting Holi, Hindu “festival of color”, being held on April 28 in its Holywells Park.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement today, said that Hindu community felt honored by support of Ipswich Borough Council and he urged all the towns and cities in United Kingdom to support and participate in major Hindu festivals.
“It is a step in the right direction”, Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism headquartered in Nevada (USA), pointed out.
Besides throwing traditional color on each other, this reportedly Suffolk’s first public Holi festival, will also include Indian music, food and dance.
Councilor Sandy Martin was quoted on the Council’s website as: “I intend to get thoroughly sprayed with paint – and give as good as I get!” Organizers will provide paint and powder. People wanting to get involved with this aspect of the festival are advised to wear old clothing, Council website adds.
Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes the beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon of Phalguna. The ceremonies include the lighting of the bonfires, during which all evils are symbolically burnt. Holi also commemorates the frolics of youthful Lord Krishna; and celebrates the death of demoness Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama by Shiva. Holi fell on March 27 this year.
Mary Blake and John Le Grys are Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively of Ipswich, one of England’s oldest towns located on the estuary of the River Orwell. Prominent people associated with Ipswich include Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, author Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar nominated actor Ralph Fiennes, artist Thomas Gainsborough and darts World Champion Keith Deller.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.