Aerial Petal Drop Success at Holi Festival of Colours
Holi Festival of Colours 2019
Approximately 12,000 people embraced the warm weather on 2nd February at Hagley Park to be a part of the 2019 Holi Festival of Colours.
The huge crowd was drawn to the performances, food stalls and colorful fun on offer throughout the event. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter service was proud to be involved and help orchestrate the first ever aerial petal drop in New Zealand. $2,485 dollars was raised for the rescue service thanks to the generous donations made by the community attending the festival.
The event began with a traditional Maori welcome and a traditional Indian classical welcome dance performance, with the rescue service crew making an appearance mid way through the event. The off duty rescue crew flew over the festival to disperse flower petals over Hagley Park and in the Avon River. The crew dropped two different coloured petals from a helicopter to signify the friendship and harmony between New Zealand and India.
The festival’s promise of being the biggest and brightest yet, certainly exceeded expectations. Show Organiser, Hitesh Sharma said, “I am very happy and satisfied at the immense popularity of the event, and hope to organise Holi every year.”
The Indian practice of throwing powdered colours symbolises everyone becoming equal and Sharma says the focus of the event was to bring the community together, “We started Christchurch Holi post-earthquakes to lift the spirits of the city and we want to give back to one of the organisations that played such a crucial role during that time and that continues to provide such an essential service to the community.”