April 2016 \ Diaspora News \ Diaspora in Asia Pacific
Big Splash Down Under

By Kul Bhushan and Shan Gupta
  • LEFT:-President of Sankat Mochan Kendra Dr. Sunila Shrivastava introducing Mr Steve Dimopoulos MP. Right:-Camel ride during Holi

In Melbourne, Australia, the bright colours of Holi were freely smeared on the faces of Indians and Europeans during this Holi revelry on Easter Sunday, 27 March. The local Indians were in high spirits to celebrate the festival of colours with fellow Aussies in thousands. But the Indians never expected the fellow Australians to join them in such big numbers in many different locations in Melbourne. In addition to the major Hindu temple, a smaller temple organized the celebrations a well and the organisers were overwhelmed at the response.

Sankat Mochan Kendra organized ‘Festival of Colours‘Rang Barse’ was the title of this event and hundreds turned up on 27 March, Easter Sunday. Around 5,000 turned up. It was culmination of months of planning and dedicated efforts of the working group which involved members of Sankat Mochan Samiti Inc. (SMS) and staff of Monash Council which provided the partial funding, venue and strict guidelines to hold such a big Hindu celebration for the first time in the City of Monash.