One of the social events that gathered hundreds of revellers over the weekend is the Kansai Plascon powered Holi Festival that was held at Arya Samaj Grounds in Kisementi, Kampala on Sunday the 20th of March.
This festival which was a free entry organised by Rajathani Association in conjunction with the Indian Association Uganda (IAU) pulled Kampala dwellers, mainly Indians and it was the first major Indian community event since social events were allowed to take place again, following a 2-year suspension, because of Covid-19.
This festival’s aim is to celebrate good harvests and fertility. It heralds the onset of spring through a riotous celebration of colour and is also generally all about fun, frolic, vibrant and beautiful colours that celebrate the victory of good over evil.
Holi Fest also celebrates the legend of Hindu Goddess Radha and Lord Krishna, which describes the extreme delight Krishna took in applying color on Radha and others. It is said that when Krishna was young, he asked his mother the reason for his dark complexion while Radha’s was so fair. His mother, Yashoda playfully suggested that he should smear colour on Radha’s face and change her complexion to any color he wanted. He liked the idea and since then the play of colors on Holi became part of the festivities
Meanwhile, the event which also boasted of Prime Minister Right Honourable Robinah Nabbanja’s attendance welcomed people from all walks of life from age, race and economic differences and all revellers were greeted with “Gulal” which is coloured powder mixed with water that they were seen splashing on each other in a fulfilled mood accompanied with loud music playing, artistes’ performances as well as other fun activities.
“Holi Festival is all about culture, colour, food and celebration. This festival of colors includes interesting rituals, ethnicity, traditional festivals and ceremonies. The mix of colors is energetic and this is a good time to look forward to the good that 2022 has to offer and celebrate together”– Kansai Plascon Uganda Managing Director, Santosh Gumte said.
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