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Enjoy Holi at Orleans House and Church Street Twickenham
Holi Colours (Taken from a Poster Supplied by Orleans House Gallery)
Yet again Orleans House Gallery will be welcoming and celebrating Holi, the Indian festival that waves goodbye to the winter and welcomes the coming spring. This year's celebrations will take place on 23 March and will re-enact the rituals that include the smearing of coloured paint on each other's faces and the chucking around of coloured water. Emma Cookson at Orleans House Gallery kindly supplied the pictures so that you can see some of the fun that was had last year.
Holi is also known as the 'Festival of Colours' a name it acquired from Lord Krishna (a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu), a great prankster who enjoyed tipping water and colours over the village girls. The origins of the name 'Holi' originate in the banishment of the female demon Holika, an event brought about by devotion to Lord Vishnu.
The Twickenham celebrations, where Eastern colours and rituals meet south west London, will again be split between Orleans House Gallery and nearby Church Street. Between 10am and 5.30pm Church Street will resonate to the sounds of Indian music whilst the temporary market stalls lining the street will sell crafts and Indian foods and come alive to the sounds and spectacle of Indian music, marching bands and stilt walkers. The main events will take place between midday and 1pm to enable the Holi celebrants to move along the Riverside in order to have more fun outside Orleans House. This will include the throwing of colours as well as live Indian music and dance. Some of the entertainment will be under the cover of tents, as the weather in Twickenham can never be guaranteed, although the colours and fun are all certainties.
Last year's Twickenham Holi festivities were enjoyed by more than 5,000 people – even more than the numbers that flocked to Trafalgar Square. Let's increase those numbers for 2013, but don't wear your best clothes in case they get spoiled when somebody chucks magenta, blue, red, pink and green colours over you.