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Holywells Park comes alive with colour in Ipswich’s fifth Holi Festival celebration

PUBLISHED: 17:28 02 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:40 02 April 2017

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Vahini and Suhani Patel.
Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Vahini and Suhani Patel. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

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More than 5,000 revellers helped add a splash of colour to Holywells Park on Sunday for the fifth annual Holi Festival of Colours.

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Dav De Frera and Anne Marie Brinkhoff.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Dav De Frera and Anne Marie Brinkhoff. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

The Hindu Spring Festival featured traditional Bollywood entertainment from the Kerala Cultural Association, live music from Saraswa Band of Ipswich, a bonfire, street food stalls and henna tattoo painting.

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
L-R Peter Lightowler,Edward Parfitt, 
Jessica Lightower,Sally Parfitt.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. L-R Peter Lightowler,Edward Parfitt, Jessica Lightower,Sally Parfitt. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

The afternoon then exploded in a celebration of colour with the traditional paint throwing which marks the return of bright colours to the environment.

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

Tejas Thakerar, co-chairman of the Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association, said: “It’s been an absolutely brilliant success and we have had more than 5,000 people really enjoying the colour.

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

“It’s been very successful because it has grown over the years, so it’s fantastic that lots and lots of people have come to enjoy the sun, the music and what we have got on offer.”

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

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Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

Festival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich 
on Sunday April 2.
L-R Nirav Patel,Chetal Patel,Suhani Patel.
Vahini Patel,Ila Patel,
Picture:Sarah Lucy BrownFestival of Colour at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Sunday April 2. L-R Nirav Patel,Chetal Patel,Suhani Patel. Vahini Patel,Ila Patel, Picture:Sarah Lucy Brown

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