Thousands of people took part in Holi, a festival of colors, in Puputan Badung Park in Denpasar, Bali, on Saturday. The participants came from various backgrounds, including Balinese, Indian citizens, people of Indian descent living Bali, as well as other expatriates and tourists.
“I came because it’s a fun activity to take part in on a Saturday. I’ve never attended a Holi event before but I love the fun where everyone can come and meet,” Anna Prinkki, a US citizen living in Bali.
A Balinese man, Komang Adi, 36, was enthusiastic about taking part in the festival with his two daughters. “This is the first time for me celebrating Holi. It’s great. And the kids look happy,” said Komang.
Holi is an Indian festival that celebrates the start of spring in India. “When nature changes, people in India play with colors. It’s a fun time,” Indian consul general in Bali, RO Sunil Babu, told The Jakarta Post.
Sunil said the Indian Consulate General in Bali had celebrated Holi annually for the last five years. “Many people here have seen Holi in Bollywood movies. This is a chance for everybody to play Holi on their own,” he said.
Last week, Medan also held a Holi event, which saw thousands of Indian citizens and locals having fun with colors.