Colour fight at outdoor Holi event

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20 MARCH 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16213

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Forestry Commission Scotland is funding an outdoor event to celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colour, on Saturday 29th March at Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge.

Holi is a Hindu festival filled with fun and good humour that welcomes the arrival of spring and celebrates the new life and energy of the season. 

People take to the streets and celebrate the festival by smearing each other with paint, and throwing coloured powder and dye everywhere.  Today, Holi celebrations are enjoyed by people from all communities across the globe. 

Romena Huq, engagement officer for Forestry Commission Scotland commented: “Holi is a major Hindu festival celebrated all over the world.  We’re really excited to be funding an outdoor Holi event at Vogrie Park this year.  If you haven’t experienced a colour fight, you’re in for a real treat.  We’ve sourced eco-friendly dyes, so make sure you dress for a colour mess!”

Events like these are run as part of the Commission’s Engagement Programme, bringing people together from different backgrounds and encouraging the use of green space and woodland to provide an outdoor venue.

Hosted by Edinburgh’s Nepalese Community, visitors will be able to enjoy a number of activities including: face painting, kite making, dance lessons and a Holi dye workshop run by local artists Sushil Mangaoner and Lyver Chavez.

Holi snacks are to be prepared by Edinburgh Nepalese chefs using a combination of traditional recipes fused with ingredients sourced from Scottish woodlands and forests.

Throughout the afternoon there will be live music from the Sikh Women’s Dhokhi Drummers along with a Nepalese disco.  A traditional part of Holi is a bonfire, this will be built and managed by Midlothian Ranger Service and Forestry Commission Scotland.

The event will come to a climax at around 3.30pm where everyone will be encouraged to take part in an outdoor Holi colour fight.

The event is free and takes place from 12pm – 4.30pm on Saturday 29th March at Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge.  Protective clothing for the colour fight will be available, however, this may be limited due to numbers attending the event.

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