CRY celebrates Holi in London
CRY - Child Relief & You, an Indian charity for children organised the Holi festivities at the Metropolis Bar and Grill in London.india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 19:38 IST
It was Holi like in India, except it was played for charity. CRY - Child Relief & You, an Indian charity for children organised the Holi festivities at the Metropolis Bar and Grill in London.
"This was part of our fund-raising activity that would benefit the under-privileged children in India. More than 150 people attended this celebration," said CRY spokesperson.
The participants were of a mix profile from Indians to British Asians and some British also present for the occasion.
For Indians it was an opportunity to celebrate a festival they have always enjoyed in India. For the other participants it was a completely different experience. It was an opportunity for them to understand and enjoy a new festival.
The celebrations began with all the participants colouring each other and wishing their friends and family a happy Holi. After a while everyone was beyond recognition as their faces were a mix of pink, green and yellow colour.
This was followed by a dance performance by Bollywood Grooves dance troupe who performed to Bollywood Holi songs. There was a live Dhol performance that got everyone dancing to its tune.
Festivities would be incomplete without some sumptuous Indian food. There was chole bhatura, aloo tikki, paneer pakoda and halwa to tickle every ones taste buds.
Everyone had a good time. The feedback form participants was encouraging. One said, "I felt I was in India celebrating Holi".
Another person said, "I had never heard of Holi before and this was my first experience; I thoroughly enjoyed myself."
This event was a perfect combination of people having a great time for a good cause. The celebration helped raise funds for children's projects in India to the tune of about £3,500.
CRY works to ensure that every Indian child enjoys a happy and healthy childhood. Since its inception, 26 years ago, CRY has partnered over 300 development initiatives, benefiting over 1.37 million children across India.