Colourful celebration of diversity

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Rouken Glen Park will be the scene of a spectacular rainbow-hued party when the Festival of Colour returns for on July 29.

The outdoor event welcomes the whole family to the park to cover each other in colourful powder in a celebration of diversity.

The colourful powder, called gulal, combined with loud music, aims to create a vibrant atmosphere to reinforce that religion and social status should not be a barrier within society.

Councillor Paul O’Kane, convener for education and equalities, said: “This celebration, known as Holi, comes from the roots of Hindu belief.

“It aims to bring people together regardless of class, status, colour or creed. “

It is a fantastic celebration to have here in East Renfrewshire.

“We live, work, learn and play in a diverse area and value the fresh ideas and perspectives that the range of backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences brings to our community.”

Activities on the day will also include a bouncy castle, henna hand painting, music and dancing, and a variety of food stalls.

Anyone wishing to take part in this should wear old clothes as the rainbow colours may stain.

The festival will run from noon until 4pm, with paint throwing starting at 2.30pm in the events area of the park near the boating pond.

The festival is organised by the East Renfrewshire Hindu Association, East Renfrewshire Faith Forum, Diversity East Renfrewshire and the council.