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Holi, known as the festival of colours, is more than just a celebration; it is a platform that bridges cultural divides and fosters a sense of community among people of different backgrounds. It is a festival that transcends boundaries, uniting individuals in a colourful tapestry of joy and togetherness.

Holi marks the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere and holds immense significance in Hinduism, worshipping the male and female aspect of the one God and it pays homage to the eternal love of Their Lordships Radha and Krishna, adding a layer of divine love to the festivities. It also commemorates victory of Lord Krishna over the evil demoness Holika. It is a timeless reminder that righteousness will always triumph over evil. It teaches us to stand firm in our beliefs, for they can shield us from harm and guide us through the darkest of times, signifying renewal and hope.

On March 15th, 2024, the vibrant colours of Holi painted the skies of Casey/Cardinia council as more than 2000 people from diverse cultural backgrounds came together to celebrate this ancient Hindu festival. Volunteers of the Melbourne Hare Krishna temple organised this event through music, dance, and the joyous throwing of coloured powders. The event also featured cultural food stalls offering a variety of cuisines, providing attendees with a taste of different cultures. For the children, there were jumping castles, face painting, and henna stalls, adding to the festive spirit.

In addition to the festivities, the event also included meditation tents and Bhagavad Gita card reading tents, offering attendees moments of reflection and spiritual connection. These aspects of the festival highlighted the holistic nature of Holi, which not only celebrates the external joy but also the internal peace and harmony.

The Holi festival serves as a reminder of the importance of unity and inclusivity in today’s world, where differences are celebrated and cherished, making the community stronger and more vibrant than ever.

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