Ipswich: Bright start to new season at Festival of Colour

People throw colored powder into the air during the Holi Festival. Festivals take place around the w

People throw colored powder into the air during the Holi Festival. Festivals take place around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) - Credit: AP

BRIGHTLY coloured powders, dyes and paints will be thrown around a town park to celebrate the start of a new season.

Suffolk’s first Holi Festival of Colour will be held at Holywells Park on Sunday, marking the start of spring and a celebration of the season.Crowds will be encouraged to throw brightly coloured paints and powers over one another, while there will also be a bonfire and other activities to enjoy.

All communities are invited to attend the event organised by the borough council, the Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association (ISIA) and the Hindu Samaj. It will also include henna hand painting, Indian snacks, music and singing.

Poli Mohan, ISIA chair, said “Holi is about the whole community coming together and enjoying the Holi festival atmosphere. We are bringing a real taste of India to Holywells Park with Indian music, dance and food.

“It’s going to be a wonderful atmosphere and a great opportunity for a family day out.”

Visitors are encouraged to bring a change of clothes if they are parking part in the paint throwing. The free festival will run from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.