Celebrating Diversity: The Festival of Colours

is an annual celebration organised by the Hare Krishna* devotees who are based at the Hare Krishna Valley in Bambra.

 

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Hare Krishna Valley is an organic farming community that provides a vegetarian and spiritual retreat centre. This year was the first time that the Festival was held off site at The Barwon Mansion in Winchelsea. The 2016 Festival was sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Surf Coast Shire.

In India, the Festival of Colours is traditionally associated with the Hindu holiday known as Holi. Holi is celebrated at various times of the year such as the arrival of Spring and Holi is also associated with celebrating the enduring love between Krishna and his spiritual consort, Radha.

 

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A prominent feature of Holi involves throwing and applying brightly coloured powders hence the name the “Festival of Colours”. The festival aims to promote peace and happiness among participants. It was first practised 5,000 years ago in Vrindavan, India by Lord Krishna whom is well known for spreading bliss wherever His Holy names are sung “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna, Krishna, Hare, Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare”.

This throwing of colours was observed at Barwon Mansion with hourly countdowns which alerted everyone when to commence throwing. The sky was filled with rainbows many times over as the powdered colours were thrown and joy spread far and wide across the ether.

This very well organised family event also included a range of activities for the young at heart, including meditation, fortune-telling and henna body art sessions. There was also a kids’ zone with face painting, a jumping castle and various other forms of children’s entertainment. So there truly was something for everyone to enjoy.

 

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There was also a wonderful selection of delicious vegetarian food available at very affordable prices, lovely hot chai and other thirst quenching drinks.

Many people made new friends while laughing, dancing and singing along with the very melodious kirtan (group singing) and much fun was had by all as they wonderful healthy food, soaked up the festive atmosphere and enjoyed their day.

 

For more information about the next Festival of Colours, please visit the

Festival of Colours website.

Next event:

April 9th 2017 at Barwon Park Mansion

 

 

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Photo Credit: Renee Wigley

 

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