We had another enjoyable time celebrating the ‘Festival of Colour’ on Friday afternoon following the Swimathon, which was also very successful. Holi is primarily observed in South Asia but has spread across the world in celebration of love and the changing of the seasons. It is an ancient Hindu festival that marks the end of winter and the start of spring, with the first mentions of it dating back to a 4th century poem. It was even described in detail in a 7th century Sanskrit play called “Ratnavali,” written by the Indian emperor Harsha. The festival also symbolises a new beginning for Hindus to end conflicts and let go of emotional impurities from the past.
Many of our community participated and both students and adults alike enjoyed throwing the coloured powders! It was a memorable occasion for all. Being global citizens I think it is important for us to celebrate and enjoy a range of cultural events throughout the year, helping to further develop our international-mindedness.