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Holi 2024

On the 21st of June, the KES/KEHS Hindu forum organised and hosted a Holi event at Eastern Road.

Holi is a Hindu festival that not only celebrates love and new life but also equality, diversity and inclusion (which are core attributes here at KES).  It’s a colourful festival, with dancing, singing and the throwing of powder paint and coloured water and is therefore known as the “festival of colours”.  The reason behind why we throw these colours is because when everyone is covered in the powder there can be no discrimination of your race, colour or gender, everyone is equal. Holi is also a time for fun, enjoyment and happiness with your friends and family and our event perfectly displayed that.  

Over 50 students and teachers of both KES and KEHS came to the event, and were met with delicious samosas, spring rolls, drinks and music.  After chatting and eating it was time for the fun to start.  As the colour throwing began colours, laughter and joy filled the air.  We wanted to bring this event all the way from the streets of India to KES for people of all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs to enjoy.  

With this aim in mind, we believe that we fulfilled our aspiration from seeing how much fun people had and the positive comments we received such as Luca (UMW) saying ‘It was the best event all year!’  New friends were made, and happiness filled the atmosphere.  

I learnt a lot about how to organise a big event like this. I have gained a vital experience in learning to pay attention to every possible detail, in taking the responsibility in collecting money, delegating different jobs to my friends Arjun (UMH), Dhruv (UMZ), Karan (RMF), Aryan (UMZ); who helped me in making this event a success. 

From all of us at Hindu forum, we would like to firstly thank all the pupils and teachers who attended this year making this event a triumph and special thanks to Dr Kulkarni for organising and planning the event with me and to Ms Sangha, Dr Smith, Mr Aggarwal, Dr Romon-Alonso, Dr Pinero-Maese and Ms Greiser for helping out. This truly was a one-of-a-kind experience, and we are hoping to run this same event every year and hopefully add some new ones onto the KES calendar such as a Bhangra and Garba event. We hope to see you at one of these so more people can come and enjoy the fun! 

Aarush (UM)

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