Indian diaspora celebrates Holi in Britain
The Indian community in Britain celebrates the festival of Holi with enthusiasm, sprucing up the day with colour, food and music.india Updated: Mar 22, 2008 21:23 IST
The Indian community in Britain on Saturday celebrated the festival of Holi with enthusiasm, sprucing up the day with colour, food and music.
The main festivities took place in cities such as Leicester, Birmingham, Manchester and London. In several places, the Indians were joined by friends from other communities.
In Northolt in London, a community centre came alive with Indian music and food, colour and bonfire as residents turned out in large numbers to celebrate the festival.
Residents also celebrated 'Holi Dhamaka' at the Shree Kutch Leva Patel Community in West End Road.
Amrik Birbec, of Southall said, "It's lovely. Beautiful colours. It's a religious festival but in India everyone enjoys it no matter what religion they come from."
"Everybody gets involved and there are no arguments."
Rasik Bhudia, 28, of Kenton, spent the evening providing live drum music for guests.
He said, "Holi is brilliant. This is part of my community events and I'm a professional drummer in a band called Masti. They wanted me to come with some music to spice it up."
Resident Mahendra Dhubi said, "I really enjoyed it, it was lovely. This is a religious day for us. It's a get-together but at the same time it's also religious."