Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Bringing Inter-Cultural Understanding through Holi Festival

Bringing Inter-Cultural Understanding through Holi Festival

Since its introduction to the Rotorua community in 2010, Holi – the Hindu Festival of Colours – has been growing steadily.

This year the festival will be celebrated in Rotorua on Saturday, 15 March 2014 and it is organised by the Hindu Council of New Zealand.

Holi is a festival of fun and is celebrated by people covering each other with coloured powder, and drenching each other with coloured water. Annual celebration of this colourful festival bridges social and personal differences, bringing people and communities together.

This year, it has a special significance for two reasons.

First, the festival will be part of the second Maori Indian Hui. Many delegates of Maori Indian Hui are already excited about being part of Holi, the festival of colours. During the first Maori Indian Hui, they had experienced Deepawali, the festival of lights.

Second, a television production crew has approached the organisation to make half-hour documentary on Rotorua Holi Festival and it will be telecast on a national television.

“We are excited that our festival is being recognised and that we will be sharing our festival with the wider community through the visual media,” said Murali Magesan, the coordinator of Rotorua Holi Festival 2014.

“Celebrating Holi with different colours and bringing various community groups helps in inter-cultural understanding. It is an added bonus that Maori Indian community will be part of the whole festival,” added Murali Magesan.

One of the key objectives of this festival is to encourage youth to not only participate but also learn to organise events to develop and nourish a community spirit.

As Hindu Council of New Zealand has been keen to take this philosophy to the wider community, it has been organising the festival at different venues with different community In the first year (2010), it organised at the Te Papaiouru Marae, Ohinemutu Village. In 2011, it was held at Rotorua Soundshell and Village Green. In 2012, the festival was celebrated at Linton Park Community Centre. Last year, it was organised at the Western Heights High School

This year, the festival will be celebrated as part of the second Maori Indian Hui at the Tangatarua Marae, Waiariki Institute of Technology campus, Rotorua. All delegates from the Hui will also participate in the festival.

The official festival will start at 3.00 pm on Saturday, 15 March 2014. Here people will get an opportunity to indulge in customary revelry with coloured powder and water.

Please be advised that the clothes you wear will get coloured, old clothes are probably best!

The Hindu Council of New Zealand believes in the spirit of community well-being on the Principle of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam” (World is one family).

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>


Howard Davis: Review - The Cosmic Dance Of 'String Theory'

Fly My Pretties sixth album is quite possibly their best yet - a concept album in the best sense, with superb arrangements, funky grooves, and some great vocalizing, all organized around the lyrical leitmotif of string theory. More>>

Non-Natural History: Dinosaur Eggs 'Discovered' At Auckland Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens plant curators have unearthed what are thought to be prehistoric dinosaur eggs in the Gondwana Forest section of the expansive garden in Manurewa... In fact, the “dinosaur eggs” are part of an innovative, larger-than-life dinosaur performance and display featuring a raptor, a crested therapod and a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex. More>>

For The Birds: Kōkako Crowned Bird Of The Year

The Kōkako has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year after two weeks of close competition and heated campaigning. More>>

ALSO:

  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Culture
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news