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Siberians show their true colours in paint festival

By Anna Liesowska
02 July 2014

Thousands brighten their lives at Novosibirsk's first Festival of Colours.

Splash of colour in Novosibirsk, Western SIberia. Picture: Vera Salnitskaya

The hosts were surprised by the level of interest in the event held at a disused airport, which is based on the ancient Hindu festival Holi - a festival of colours and of love. Participants daubed each other with paint and coloured water in a mass frolic of colour.

They also hosed each other and jumped into the vats with coloured water.

There were performances of acrobats and jugglers and all visitors could make a mehendi, a temporary henna tattoo.

Organiser Anatoly Koptev said: 'The idea of the festival was met with such a great response that we ended up welcoming a lot more people than we expected; at some point we ran out of paint and had to bring an extra truckload in.

'I think that the festival went really well and showed once again just how bright and unique are the people of Siberia. Our country needs more events where people can feel freedom, joy and liberation without the use of alcohol and drugs; we are very keen to keep organising them'.

Siberians show their true colours in paint festival

Siberians show their true colours in paint festival


Siberians show their true colours in paint festival


Siberians show their true colours in paint festival


Siberians show their true colours in paint festival


Siberians show their true colours in paint festival


Siberians show their true colours in paint festival

Bright and beautiful - people of Novosibirsk, Western SIberia, celebrate the festival of colours. Picture: Vera Salnitskaya

Novosibirsk photographer Vera Salnitskaya said: 'People were so happy, they loved pouring coloured water and throwing colours into each other, it was childish delight for them. It was great fun to watch'.  

There seemed to be many happy participants for this first Festival of Colours in Siberia. 

Yulia Kobzarenko wrote: 'It was so cool, I will never forget this day!' 

Viktoria Yashina: 'Guys, it was awesome! Thank you very much, I am looking forward for the next festival'.

Comments (3)

The Indian festival Holi is the closing festival of the outgoing year. It is held on the last full moon of the outgoing year. A fortnight later, with the new moon begins the new year on the Vikrami calendar.
Rajesh Kochhar, Chandigarh, India
18/07/2014 10:22
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It's wonderful to hear people celebrating Holi in far away Novosibirsk, Western Siberia. Holi has been a Indian Hindu festival and was largely unknown in other countries. The spirit of Colors and Love it represents unites all humans regardless of boundaries.



I Wish You All in Siberia and Russia Love, Peace, Unity, Friendship and a Colourful Happy Life.
Kish, Karnataka India
16/07/2014 23:53
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fantastic pictures:))))))
Anna, Ireland
08/07/2014 04:05
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