Culture: Over 2500 participants in the festival of colors!


The Holi Fest was held Sunday April 28 from noon to 19 p.m. on Happy Bay Beach. A great popular success!

The festival of colors (Holi Fest), organized by the Association of Indians of Saint-Martin (AISM) grows every year. The day before yesterday, more than 2500 people came to Happy Bay beach to participate.

On stage, it was Dutty Sham who ensured the animation alongside DJ Rinku, from Mumbai, who mixed Bollywood and Caribbean hits, both joined in the afternoon by the singer of soca King Vers .   

In an always good-natured atmosphere, the participants spent the afternoon throwing color pigments made from plants on each other, eating, drinking, swimming and dancing, sometimes watered by a large jet of water. water near the stage. 

There were so many people that you had to be patient to get your Indian meal. “Next year, we will prepare the boxes in advance by classifying it according to preferences (vegetarian menu or not) to prevent people from waiting” announces already Peter Sadarangani, president of IALA.

If the containers (boxes, cups) and cutlery were in polystyrene and plastic, the association ensures that this will no longer be the case for the next edition. “We ordered biodegradable boxes, cups and cutlery as well as biodegradable fabric bags also for the colors, but had a logistical problem that our container will only arrive this summer. So we already have everything for next year. ”He adds. 

The association is very satisfied with this seventh edition which seems to have delighted all the participants. If in India for the Holi, all the castes mingle exceptionally, in Saint-Martin, what makes the magic of the festival of colors is that it manages to bring together all the communities of the island and all the generations. “After each edition we think about what we could improve but we are very proud to realize that the event is appreciated by all communities. It's kind of our trophy ”confides Peter Sadarangani. 

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