Holi Away From Home

March 5, 2007

Author: Vijay Dutt & Pramit Pal Chaudhuri

Source: Indians Abroad


Britain: Though Britain’s anti-pollution laws are strict and the nippy, drizzly weather a spoilsport, the NRIs in Britain manage to say rang barse with a strong dash of nostalgia.

Surprisingly, however, the celebrations are low-key in Little India (Hounslow and Southall).

But in Leicester, over a thousand people, including British MPs and officials, gather at Cossington Park near the famous Golden Mile — the Belgrave Road where nearly 100 Gujarati-owned shops are located — for the Holi dahan.

And at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the largest Hindu temple in Europe, Holi is celebrated Brij-style by over 7,000 people.

The late Beetle George Harrison who gifted the Manor, would be glad to know that the place resounds with songs on Holi.