Northern Ireland

Holi: Hundreds celebrate Indian Festival of Colour in Belfast

Festival goers took the opportunity to cover each other in brightly coloured powder
Image caption Festival goers took the opportunity to cover each other in coloured powder
Revellers at the Festival of Colour in Custom House Square
Image caption Revellers at the Festival of Colour in Custom House Square
Belfast's biggest colour party marked the annual Indian festival
Image caption Belfast's biggest colour party marked the annual Indian festival

Hundreds of people have taken part in celebrations to mark the Indian Festival of Colour - or Holi - in Belfast.

The annual event traditionally welcomes the arrival of spring and is known around the world as India's most vibrant holiday.

Holi translates as 'colour' in Hindi and the highlight of the celebrations in Belfast was a two-hour "colour powder party" in Custom House Square.

Revellers covered each other from head to toe in brightly coloured powder.

It was the sixth year that the festival has been staged in Northern Ireland.

The Belfast event was organised by ethnic arts group ArtsEkta.

Nisha Tandon from the group said the event was celebrated all over the globe.

She said the event at Custom House Square showcased "what Indian culture is all about and how rich it is and what vibrancy it can bring to the citizens of Belfast".

The entertainment also included an "eclectic line-up of music, dance and visual arts".