Christchurch's Hagley Park hosts Holi-Festival of Colours

Christchurch's Hagley Park didn't look its usual green self on Saturday as it played host to the famous Indian Holi festival.

With big beats, big crowds and a large amount of colour, a crowd of 10,000 people turned up to the festival - the sixth time it has been held in Christchurch. The first time only had 1500 people in attendance.

On a day where young and old got into it, the festival featured the Indian practice of throwing powdered colours, which symbolise everyone becoming equal.

"It's really fun, I'm going to come here next year," said one young boy, who said he enjoyed the fact you could "throw stuff at people".

Event organiser Hitesh Sharma said: "It's about forgiveness, it's about friendship, it's about sharing the love and looking after each other, so that's what the traditional meaning of Holi festival is."

The event helped raise money for the Canterbury West Coast air rescue services, with a team flying a helicopter in to drop off colourful petals hand plucked from 20kgs worth of flowers.

"We've got a target of $4 million to raise so all events and things like this help," said Christine Price from the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.


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