Singapore

Holi smoke, they had a 'powderful' time

Some 3,000 revellers gathered at a field in Tanjong Rhu on Friday (March to dance, eat and throw handfuls of coloured powder at each other.

They were celebrating Holi, the Hindu festival of colours.

The event, which featured musical and dance performances, was organised by the Katong Community Centre management committee, in partnership with four Indian community associations.

They are Marwari Mitra Mandal (Singapore), Singapore Sindhi Association, Maharashtra Mandal (Singapore) and Singapore Gujarati Society, The Straits Times reported.

Nearly 400kg of coloured powder, which is made of corn flour, was imported from India for the event, said Marwari Mitra Mandal president Santosh Kumar Tibarewala, 64.

The powder was sold for $2.50 a packet, and some people brought along water guns to add to the fun.

Mountbatten SMC MP Lim Biow Chuan, who was at the event, gamely had his face and clothing smeared with shades of orange, pink, blue, green, red and yellow.

"The Festival of Holi... celebrates the triumph of good over bad. (It brings) together different communities and celebrates the importance of racial harmony in Singapore," he said.

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