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Hindu Holi festival brings riot of colour to Belfast

Belfast’s biggest spring party has celebrated the Hindu Festival of Colours — with a special Sport Relief twist.

Visitors to the King’s Hall came seeking a taste of India’s most vibrant and vivid festival ‘Holi’ — but Sport Relief made a big splash too.

The charity was canvassing support for the city’s Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile on Sunday, March 25. Its striking red and white T-Shirts got a vibrant makeover with paint splattered around in every colour.

Children and adults alike joined in the fun and customised their Sport Relief T-Shirts with their own Holi-inspired designs.

The event was hosted by ArtsEkta, Northern Ireland’s leading ethnic arts organisation, and provided a feast of South Asian food, music and dance.

Sunday best was not recommended but Holi pilgrims looked a picture. The festival uses colour to symbolise equality and visitors threw coloured powder over one another in an expression of unity for all walks of life, regardless of race.

Nisha Tandon, director of ArtsEkta, said: “Holi is a fantastic day of family fun and we were excited about the opportunity to support Sport Relief as part of our wonderful festival.

“Everybody loved covering the Sport Relief T-Shirts in vibrant colours and it created a lot of excitement about the Sport Relief Mile. Come along and take part in the Belfast Mile, there’ll be something to suit everyone’s colour palate!”

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