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Rainbow On The Ice
January 16, 2014 01:48


ColorFest was held in Moscow. In the year 2014 the Moscow youth enjoy a new entertainment: showering each other with bright paint during skating. This entertainment came into fashion right from India where the annual spring festival of Holi is celebrated – the representatives of all Indian castes sprinkle themselves with colored powder.

First Holi festivals were held in Russia in the summer of 2012 in St. Petersburg and Volgograd, and in 2013 Moscow and Vladivostok were included into the list of festival participants. One holiday was not enough for the residents of Moscow - they decided to extend the season and began to color one another with bright powder in the middle of winter.

ColorFest group was created in one of the social networks; its members have agreed to arrange a “colorful flash mob” at the skating rink at the Triumphal Arch. The program promised mass throwing of dry paint to the sky, skating on the painted ice, photo shoots of smeared faces, competitions and prizes. The people were warned in advance that they would be able to enter the festival only on their own skates. Those who did not want to stain their clothes were offered disposable protective coveralls worn on top of usual clothes for a nominal fee.

On the appointed day several dozens of boys and girls on skates and in cotton “scaphanders” gathered on the fenced half of the rink. After the first throw of paint the white smooth ice got covered with splotches and spots of different colors. After that the fans of active leisure continued to throw colored “comets” at one another, competed in figure skating , ran across the ice with balloons sandwiched between their knees. The people sprinkled with powder looked like humanoids from the “Avatar” movie - the human faces turned into blue-yellow-red masks.

The festival ended by awarding the most active participants. One of the winners was a young man named Fyodor smeared from head to foot who said: “I got here accidentally on the day of Holi festival and do not regret it. It's great, because I came to the rink as a usual homely person, and now I leave the festival being bright and painted in all the colors of the rainbow. Now I will participate in all ColorFest activities”.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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