Holi celebrations at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone.
Holi celebrations at Spinnaker Park, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Colour explosion hits the streets at Indian celebration

SPINNAKER Park hosted an explosion of colour on Sunday as 80 members of the local Indian community celebrated Holi, the Indian festival marking the onset of spring.

Dozens of people ran about throwing vividly coloured dye and water bombs at each other while engaging strangers in water fights.

"Holi Festival is the celebration of the onset of spring in India, at the end of winter. Everybody gets together and plays with colours," Gladstone Indian Cultural Community's Anjna Singh said.

"All the flowers are in bloom now, so the dreary white (and) black is over now."

Holi is a Hindu religious festival associated with the triumph of good over bad.

It has also become adopted in some non-Hindu cultures as a celebration of love, play and frivolity, and seems to be spreading into more and more communities.

It is a time of renewal, hope, and celebration of community, Ms Singh said at the gathering at Spinnaker Park.

In the spirit of friendship and renewal, revellers traditionally throw natural dyes at strangers, as well as friends, and bring old unwanted items on to the street.

The festival celebration in Gladstone drew a good crowd on Sunday morning and was followed by a shared lunch of locally made Indian cuisine.