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Rainbow of fun marks Rugby's Holi celebrations

Rugby Editorial 11th Mar, 2015 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016

A DASH of colour welcomed the coming springtime as around 200 people celebrated the Hindu Holi festival on Friday (March 6).

With music blaring, revellers marked the Festival of Colour by creating a rainbow of coloured powder under the floodlights of Lawrence Sheriff School’s playing fields.

Mayor of Rugby Coun Ramesh Srivastava started the proceedings by wishing everyone a Happy Holi and counting down to the colourful celebration.

The famished crowd then tucked into food and drinks being sold by Avanish Mistry to raise money for his World Challenge expedition trip to Myanmar in July 2016.

The Holi festival, also known as Phagwa, is a celebration of the victory of good over evil observed in many parts of India.

Co-organiser Raj Mistry of Rugby’s cultural youth leadership centre Rugby Shakha said: “It was mayhem! By the end, everyone was covered from top to toe in different colours and it was hard to distinguish who was who.

“Be ready for next year as it will be bigger and better, as we want to share the festival with all the people of Rugby.”

He added his thanks to sponsor Rugby Round Table, Lawrence Sheriff School, local businesses and volunteers.

Rainbow revellers. Photo by Mux Photography.

By the end of the Holi celebrations, everyone was covered from head to toe in different colours. Photo by Mux Photography.

Spring was welcomed with a smile. Photo by Mux Photography.

A celebratory spectrum. Photo by Mux Photography.

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