Every year around the month of March, Hindus all around the world celebrate the Holi festival. Also known as ‘festival of colours’, the festival represents victory of good over evil, and this year was my first time attending the event on Curtin University grounds.
In Hindu culture, Holi is celebrated at the start of the spring season worldwide. Despite it not being spring season in WA, Curtin University did not disappoint. The University was filled with loud Bollywood music, traditional dancing, powder colours and most importantly, the gorgeous smell of Indian food – the smell of samosa in the air was robust. Students’ faces were covered in unique colours, their hands in intricate henna designs.
From left to right: Lois Samuel, Rajal Patel, Fatima Alimee and Fawzia Nazari. Image taken by Ruchitra Singh.
For many Hindus like me, this festival is a big Bollywood party. One of the things I cherished most about this event, was that people from different ethnicities and religious backgrounds came to celebrate with us Hindus. The biggest highlight was watching people sway to Bollywood music, enjoying themselves and having a good time. I feel the event organisers may have underestimated the number of people that would turn up to this event, as there was not enough colour packets for everyone, and there also appeared to be a lack of food trucks.
Overall, this successful event cured my feelings of homesickness. This festival is so close to my heart and to see it celebrated here in an Australian university, in such a fascinating way, was worth it. The weather was just right for this outdoor festival, and the water hose was on standby to keep everyone cool. The loud giggles from children were in the air, and so were mixed colours and the smell of food. It was a beautiful end for the 2019 Curtin University Holi festival.