Watch: Splash of colour to paint Aberdeen as revellers celebrate Holi Mela festival

Aberdeen is preparing to burst into technicolour once again this year with the return of the annual Holi Mela festival.

The traditionally Indian festival will be organised by the Indian Association of North East Scotland (IANES).

People will be coming out to take part in the Hindu festival which celebrates the end of winter with a day filled with colour, food, music, dancing, friends and family.

Amol Bali, IANES general secretary, said: “It’s a festival all about community. It marks the end of winter and beginning of spring and a time when people’s crops begin to harvest.”

The Holi Mela festival in Aberdeen has been taking place in Aberdeen for 16 years, but it is only recently that it has branched out from the Indian community. Last year, around 1,000 tickets were sold for the event.

Amol said: “We first started holding larger events in 2013 and it’s got bigger and bigger ever since. It’s gone from a small, community event into something much bigger.”

He added: “People can look forward to lots of colours being thrown around, live music, DJs, plenty of food stalls and entertainment for children like bouncy castles.”

This year’s event will also see the money raised from tickets going towards North-east charity Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA).

Amol said: “We are partnering up with VSA this year and the money we raise will go towards them.

“Police Scotland will also have a recruitment stall at the event.”

Amol also emphasised the Holi Mela festival is welcome to everyone who is interested.

He added: “It is something that anyone can get involved with, no matter what your background is.

“It’s not just something for the Indian community.

“It’s a festival of celebration – the main thing we want is for everyone to have fun.

“Every year it’s a lot of fun and we’re hoping that this year will be the best one yet.”

The festival will take place on Saturday, March 24, from noon at the Ashdale Hall in Westhill.

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