Colourful fun at traditional spectacle at annual Ipswich Holi Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Holi Festival taking play at Holywells Park. Picture: SAM DAWES - Credit: SAM DAWES

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