22 March 2013

Want another festival? Check out the Holi Mela

| Barcham
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Because March in Canberra is a barren wasteland without a billion festivals to go to, the Holi Mela – Festival of Friendship has come to save us.

The Gillard Government has funded 43 projects under the Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants program through the 2012-13 Budget. The program provides opportunities for Australians from all backgrounds to come together and experience different
cultural heritages and traditions.

“The Holi festival, celebrated by Hindus, is one of the most colourful and beautiful religious celebrations in the world,” Senator Lundy said.

“It is celebrated through the lighting of bonfires, throwing coloured powders and scented water. It marks the beginning of spring and events from Hindu mythology.”

‘Holi’ means end of evil and animosity and the Holi Mela Festival has a theme of friendship and harmony, reflecting the wider values and beliefs of Australia’s multicultural society.

Senator Lundy said she was particularly delighted that the festival was being funded through such a successful grants program.

The Holi Mela – Festival of Friendship is a free event and you are all invited to the celebrations on Saturday in Commonwealth Park West between 11am and 4pm.

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