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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Britain may have exploited her colonial subjects, but one reward we now enjoy in the mother country is the ability to share the celebrations of other cultures. Most of us are familiar with Diwali, the Festival of Lights, that is celebrated around the end of the year but how many of us are aware of Holi? This is a Hindu festival marking the arrival of spring and it is commemorated with an explosion of colour. Everybody becomes equal when decorated with the bright reds, magentas, pinks, greens and blues that are the traditional shades of Holi so ethnic and religious grievances and class barriers are forgotten in an explosion of enjoyment and fun.

Having fun at Holi
Colourful Times

Having fun at Holi
Multicultural Celebrations

This year's festivities will again be marked in Twickenham and will centre on two locations. Church Street will throb to the sights and sounds of Holi. Between 11.30am and 5pm it will be transformed into an Indian market and will be lined with stalls selling traditional Indian crafts, fabrics, henna and foods whilst stilt walkers, dancers and drummers will be on hand for entertainment. Church Street is already preparing for the festival and the flags have been hung.

Holi in Church Street
Welcome to Holi 2012

Holi in Church Street
Church Street with Holi Flags

The main festival will take place at Orleans House Gallery. Between 1pm and 4pm there will be live Indian music and performances of Bollywood and Bhangra dancing. For further involvement you could even sign up for some of the arts and crafts activities or immerse yourself in a Bollywood workshop.

Here are some examples of the fun had in previous years.

Having fun at Holi
Holi Celebrations

Having fun at Holi
Holi Celebrations

Take yourself off to Twickenham and join in with the fun and celebrations. Should you want to go the whole hog, powder colours will be available for throwing to make your time as colourful as possible.

See also: Church Street, Twickenham
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Why? To have fun and welcome the spring
When: Between 11.30am and 5pm
Where: Church Street, Twickenham TW1 3NJ and Orleans House Gallery Twickenham TW1 3DJ
Cost: Free
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Apparently colours are difficult to grab hold of when at the there someplace we can buy the colours before hand?
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