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Colourful fun at traditional spectacle at annual Ipswich Holi Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:48 29 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 29 April 2018

The Holi Festival taking place at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWES

The Holi Festival taking place at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWES

It wasn’t the best of spring weather as festival-goers celebrated the arrival of the season – but there was plenty of colour around.

People enjoyed getting caught up in the colourful powder. Picture: SAM DAWESPeople enjoyed getting caught up in the colourful powder. Picture: SAM DAWES

The fifth Ipswich Holi Festival – organised by the Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association, with the support of Ipswich Borough Council – was held yesterday at Holywells Park.

It was the second time of asking for the event, which had to be postponed earlier in the month because of bad weather.

Organisers scaled down the event but the centrepiece still saw the spectacle of people smearing each other with colour and throwing bright powders in the air.

While regarded as a Hindu event, organisers said the festival of Holi is “a celebration of the colours of unity and brotherhood – an opportunity to forget all differences and indulge in unadulterated fun”.

People smeared the powder on their faces at the Ipswich Holi Festival at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWESPeople smeared the powder on their faces at the Ipswich Holi Festival at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWES

The day also included Bollywood entertainment, Henna hand painting, and music and dance.

The powder throwing at the Holi Festival. Picture: SAM DAWESThe powder throwing at the Holi Festival. Picture: SAM DAWES

Festival-goers enjoy the fun at the Holi Festival. Picture: SAM DAWESFestival-goers enjoy the fun at the Holi Festival. Picture: SAM DAWES

A festival-goer captures the fun. Picture: SAM DAWESA festival-goer captures the fun. Picture: SAM DAWES

Action from the event at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWESAction from the event at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWES

The Ipswich Holi Festival was well attended despite the damp and chilly day. Picture: SAM DAWESThe Ipswich Holi Festival was well attended despite the damp and chilly day. Picture: SAM DAWES

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