Holi The Festival of Colours 2017 in Bali

Holi The Festival of Colours 2017 in Bali

Puputan Badung Park has an Indian connection. It was here, in 1950, that India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the Balinese people during his State visit to Indonesia. On Saturday, the 18th March 2017, the Park was witness to an Indian function, when the Consulate General of India in Bali celebrated the Indian

Puputan Badung Park has an Indian connection. It was here, in 1950, that India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru addressed the Balinese people during his State visit to Indonesia. On Saturday, the 18th March 2017, the Park was witness to an Indian function, when the Consulate General of India in Bali celebrated the Indian Festival of Colours, Holi.

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival, the origin of which has many stories. But most significantly, it celebrates the end of a long winter in India and the beginning of spring. It is a time to begin enjoying the abundance of the colours of spring and to say good bye to the cold winter. The participants play and colour each other and indulge themselves in singing and dancing to take full enjoyment of the advent of spring.

The function was graced by the presence of representation of the government, apart from members of the diplomatic corps and a colourful mix of Indians, Indonesians and expats who enjoyed the entertainment that was put on show, apart from joining the fun and frolic by applying the colours of Holi liberally on each other as sign of friendship and universal brotherhood.

The Consul General of India in Bali, Mr. R.O. Sunil Babu, welcomed the gathering and urged them to enjoy the fun of Holi. He briefed on the popular origins of Holi celebration in Hindu mythology and remarked that it was an occasion for fun as well as one to rekindle friendships and build new ones.

As part of the celebration the students of Indian Cultural Centre led by ICC Dance Teacher Mrs. Preeti Sinha presented one Indian Classical Dance “Mohe Rang Dolal” and a dynamic Indian contemporary dance from medley of various Bollywood Song. The gathering enjoyed the dance programe immensely.

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Holi bazaar with stalls from two prominent Indian restaurants- Queens of India and Golden Saffron, a food provision store, the Indian Store and a stall from ISKCON, saw a large number of customers who were eager to sample Indian cuisine and make purchases of the Indian jewellery and handicrafts as well as spiritual books. (BTN/015)



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