Indian Cultural & Sports Club Inc invites one and all to the Indian festival of Holi celebrations this March
Holi isn’t just an incredible and visually awe-inspiring festival, it’s a feeling as well.
When everyone is covered in colour, the ‘differences’ seem to vanish. The world becomes a more colourful place, where differences are forgotten. Everyone is equal. Holi does that to people.
The unique festival where people dance to the music, throw coloured powders at each other and forget their differences, originated in India, but it is celebrated with much fanfare in several parts of the world. In Queensland as well.
For the very first time, a ‘matki phod’ competition will be organised at the venue as well and entries for the same will be invited soon on Indian Cultural & Sports Club’s facebook event page
The Queensland Holi—Festival of Colours, hosted by Indian Cultural & Sports Club Inc. (a not for profit organisation) is being celebrated on 3 March from 12pm to 6pm at Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Miles Rocks. The event promises to be a lot of fun for families and kids; young and old; absolutely everyone!
The coloured powder or gulal thrown during the festival comes from the legend of Krishna, whose skin was dark blue. Worried he wouldn’t be accepted by his love Radha, he mischievously coloured her face to make her like himself. And that’s where the idea of the world as one people originated.
Historically, the gulal was made of turmeric, paste and flower extracts. The four main powder colours are used to represent different things. Red for love, blue is the colour of Krishna, and green for new beginnings.
Although a traditional Hindu festival, celebrating the beginning of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil, it is more known for its festivities, especially, the powder that revellers throw on each other.
The idea behind the ICSC event was to create harmony among communities. The people behind the event last year included Jagdeep Singh (President), Gurtej Chahal (Chairman), Ajay Jain (Vice-President), Abhay Dhir (Treasurer), Paviter Kumar Noori (Secretary and Event Manager), Rakesh Kumar (Stalls), Bikram Mann, Andrea Lam (Performances Coordinator), and Kavita Khullar (Stage Manager).
The ICSC’s vision is to create an annual event for the wider communities of Brisbane to come to a single platform, throw colours, dance and have fun together is coming alive with event becoming part of the BrisAsia Festival. Around 30,000 copies of BrisAsia Festival booklet will be distributed by the Festival producers very soon. Last year, the diversity at the festival was mind-boggling with people of all walks of life and culture participated in the celebrations.
The festivities have already garnered much support and excitement online, evident from the number of people joining the event on the Facebook. The festival’s volunteer list is already full with passionate volunteers lending their time and energy to make the day an incredible success!
Three live DJs, Dholi (Punjabi drum), multicultural performances including Bollywood, bhangra, hip hop crew and many more will ignite the stage.
For the very first time, a ‘matki phod’ competition will be organised at the venue as well and entries for the same will be invited soon on Indian Cultural & Sports Club’s facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/ICSCBRISBANE/. This is an alcohol and drug free event.
Imagine a world full of colours, dance, music and performances at a gorgeous outdoor venue. Now get to experience it this March.
The story goes
Holi traces its beginnings to several legends, the most famous among them being how the god Vishnu saved his follower Prahlada from a pyre while Prahlada’s evil aunt Holika burned. This is why the night before the Holi festival a Holika bonfire is burned to celebrate the victory of good over evil.