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Colourful celebration as Holi festival hits Belfast

By Lesley Houston

Published 04/04/2016

PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016
Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring.
Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/20163 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
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Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
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Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
Belfast Holi celebrations - April 3 2016 at Titanic Exhibition Centre
PACEMAKER BELFAST 03/04/2016 Thousands of revellers threw off their inhibitions in the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Sunday as they joined in the joyous Indian Custom of throwing multi-couloured dyes in exuberant celebration of Holi and the arrival of spring. Picture Matt Bohill Pacemaker

Thousands of people revelled in a multi-coloured celebration of the age-old Indian festival of Holi in Belfast yesterday.

The Festival of Colours transformed the Titanic Exhibition Centre into a human rainbow of good-humoured dye-tossing, music and dance organised by ethnic arts organisation ArtsEtka.

It was a case of Belfast-meets-Bollywood as a troupe of 30 Indian dancers added to the atmosphere, showcasing a spectacular new colour-throwing routine.

Traditional Dhol Drummers crashed out the mesmeric rhythms of four newly-commissioned pieces, while Shamrock Bhangra, high-octane Dublin-based Punjabi folk dancers, brought an eclectic mix of moves.

A dye-spattered Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Guy Spence said: "The Indian festival of Holi is a brilliant reminder of the great big, wonderful and colourful world that we all share."

Belfast Telegraph

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