Communities rejoice at Waitakere Holi

Communities rejoice at Waitakere Holi


Sunil Kaushal

The Holi Festival of Colour is a traditional Indian holiday celebrated in our own innovative fashion, adapted to the contemporary Kiwi scene.

The Festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment.

People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind.

The 13th Annual Holi Festival of Waitakere Indian Association will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Trusts Arena Ground, Centre Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland.

This event is an alcohol free, vegetarian event for all ages and people from all backgrounds to come together in pure happiness.

The fun-filled event will include cultural items from various Mandalis performing Holi Faag Colours, array of DJs, performances, Food, and most importantly lots of fun – as groups and as family!

Communities Platform

The Waitakere Holi is a platform to bring many communities with diverse cultural backgrounds together and involve them collectively to celebrate the Festival.

As a community and free event, we engage and involve them to work together for a purpose; which is to celebrate multicultural Auckland.

This also gives an opportunity to individuals to have a sense of identity and belonging that they are able to share and inspire others.

By doing so, every team member improves their people skills (and its hands-on activities; talking, sharing and learning and understanding) as well as treat everyone with respect and building equality.

The main objective of the ‘Waitakere Holi’ event is to spread the message of peace and harmony, celebrate through the vibrant colours of the Festival and present an exquisite picture of multicultural Auckland and New Zealand.

Waitakere Indian Association acknowledges the continued support of Radio Tarana (New Zealand’s leading Hindi Radio Station), Indian Newslink (New Zealand’s oldest and largest circulated Indian newspaper), Henderson-Massey Local Board and the Trusts Community Foundation for making this event possible.

Sunil Kaushal is Vice-President, Waitakere Indian Association based in Auckland. Phone: 021-2804189

Thakur Ranjit Singh writes:

New Organising Team

Chandrika Prasad has been appointed as the new Holi Project Manager.

In its quest to break out new leaders in the community, WIA promotes its members to take up organisational responsibilities and encourages leadership.

Chandrika is a long-serving executive and believes that he can deliver take the WIA Holi to another level of quality and public participation.

“I am delighted that I have been given this opportunity. WIA is known to provide leadership to new people. The team changes periodically and now Mahendra Sharma is doing a commendable job as WIA President. I am sure that New Zealanders from all over Auckland and neighbouring places will participate in our Holi celebrations,” he said.


Photo Caption:

Spraying of colours, good food and entertainment are part of Waitakere Holi

(File Photo Supplied)

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