On Friday 6th June two thousand students celebrated ‘Holi On The Downs 2014’, an event that was organised by the University of Nottingham (UoN) Hindu Society.
During the event UoN students chased each other with coloured dry powder and water, danced to a live DJ and took part in a timed powder throw.
“[Holi was] one of the best ways to release stress and have a laugh with your friends’’
The day was deemed a major success with numerous students commenting on how well-organised and exciting the day was.
Second year English and American studies student, Beth Bridges, said the day was ‘’truly exciting’’ and “such good fun”. She added: “It was amazing to see how many of us came together and celebrated as one’’.
A first year Politics student, Natsumi Yamaguchi, also said that Holi was ‘‘one of the best ways to release stress and have a laugh with your friends’’.
Holi is the Hindu cultural festival of colour to honour the Hindu god Krishna. The festival is regarded as an event which is open to all regardless of race, gender, beliefs and background. The purpose of Holi is to welcome everyone to celebrate the triumph of good over evil in a fun and playful manner.
“It truly is uplifting to see Nottingham’s own societies create events that are open for everyone to attend’’
James Grayson, a second year Chemistry student, told Impact: “It truly is uplifting to see Nottingham’s own societies create events that are open for everyone to attend’’.
The President of Hindu Society, Partha Dave, was extremely pleased with the event and said the committee would like to thank everyone who came to Holi on the Downs 2014.
“On the day of Holi, everyone is one”
He added: “We wanted to share our religion to every student at the University regardless of who your are, where you are from, what course you do or how old you are. On the day of Holi, everyone is one’’.
Holi on the Downs has concluded a successful year of events for HinduSoc, including the Diwali Ball in November last year and the Asian cultural show – Kangna – which took place in March.
Images: Callum McLarty