Adding colour to the Rainbow Nation

2015-03-09 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S Oval Cricket Stadium was transformed into a ­kaleidoscope of colour on Saturday night when people from around the city celebrated the Holi Colour ­Festival.

Holi is an ancient Hindu festival signifying good triumphing over evil, and is now celebrated all over the world.

Families and friends of different ­races and religions gathered at the stadium to dance, listen to music and throw coloured powder into the air and at each other.

Festival organiser Bunny Bhoola said it was a “fabulous, world-class event”.

Bhoola added the festival was the first of its kind in Pietermaritzburg and was a step forward in putting KwaZulu-Natal’s capital city ­“back ­into focus”.

She acknowledged the turnout was poor, but attributed this to the ­festival making its first appearance in Pietermaritzburg.

“Although the turnout was not too great, I was so happy to see so many different races at the event.

“It was a sign that Pietermaritzburg is slowly becoming more ­progressive.

“It was indicative of a changing mind-set which I consider to be ­nation-building.”

Bhoola said Pietermaritzburg needed more authentic and innovative events to keep tourists from driving past the city and must focus on how to draw them into its precincts.

With well-known local DJs such as Alan Chetty, Dino Bravo and Deon Govender providing entertainment, the crowd was kept dancing until ­midnight.

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