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MELBOURNE Australia -- President of Sankat Mochan Kendra Dr. Sunila Shrivastava introducing Steve Dimopoulos MP


Splendid splash of colours in Melbourne as 'Aussies' mark 'Holi'

NEW DELHI India and MELBOURNE Australia -- In Melbourne, Australia, the bright colours of Holi were freely smeared on the faces of Indians and Europeans during this Holi revelry on Easter Sunday, write Swami Anand Kul Bhushan and Shan Gupta.

The local Indians were in high spirits to celebrate the festival of colours with fellow Aussies in thousands.

But the Indians never expected the fellow Australians to join them in such big numbers in many different locations in Melbourne.

In addition to the major Hindu temple, a smaller temple organized the celebrations a well and the organisers were overwhelmed at the response.

Sankat Mochan Kendra organized ‘Festival of Colours‘Rang Barse’ was the title of this event and hundreds turned up on 27 March, Easter Sunday.

As around 5,000 turned up.

It was culmination of months and months of planning and dedicated efforts of the working group which involved members of Sankat Mochan Samiti Inc. (SMS) and the dedicated staff of Monash Council, which provided the partial funding, venue and strict guidelines to hold such a big Hindu celebration for the first time in the City of Monash.

The long queues at the food stalls for variety of sumptuous food, kiddies rides including the most popular camel ride and non-stop dancing by the participants to the beats of DJ Ash and DJ Uday with hundreds of performers on the stage of various age groups.

Almost 70 children below the age of 12 participated in the cultural program, representing the dances from different regions of India.

The Member of Parliament, Steve Dimopoulos, turned up with the Mayor of Melbourne and many councilors and made the usual speeches about goodwill and good times.

The previous week, a mela was arranged at four places.

Some creative Aussies have named Holi as colour festival and charge an Entry Fee of A$60 each, and colour cost A$10 for a small packet.

The Hindu festivals were free.

The attractions included DJs, dances, camel ride, food stalls and were enjoyed by thousands.

Many Aussies also played Holi in temples free of charge.

Local councils and the police contributed a lot.

Holi may have overtaken Diwali in Melbourne now.

This is simply due to the fun factor enjoyed by Aussies.

Up to 2005, Holi was not a major celebration.

Later, it started in a small way in the major temple as a fun fair.

Over the years, it has grown in size and variety.

This is the first year, it has gone really big.

The Aussies have been introduced to Holi by giving the example of the La Tomatina festival in East Spain in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for fun.

This festival has been held since 1945 in the last week of August and has now become famous.

Playing with different colours is more fun, said an Aussie.


He gave the example of many rock concerts throwing colours in the air as the music gathers momentum. This has introduced colour to Europeans.

And what about the Indians defeating the Australians in T20 match?

The local media did not highlight the weakness of the Australian team but praised the performance of Virat Kohli and publishing big photos of the cricket sensation in action.




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