Published Sunday, 11 March 2012
Festival goers celebrate Holi at the Kings Hall in Belfast. (© Pacemaker)
The holiday, also known as Holi, marks the arrival of Spring and was organised by ethnic arts organisation ArtsEkta.
During the day-long event, festival goers took part in a two-hour powder party where they threw brightly coloured powder.
It is the fourth annual Festival of Colours to be held in Belfast and there was also the chance to sample gourmet food from around the globe.
Those who attended were also entertained by acts including the South Asian Dance Academy and Got to Dance finalists Bhangra Heads.
Nisha Tandon, Director of Arts Ekta, Northern Ireland's award-winning ethnic arts organisation and creators of the Festival of Colours, said:
"Northern Ireland is becoming increasingly diverse and the Festival of Colours is the perfect opportunity for people across all communities and cultures to embrace and celebrate what it is that makes us all so unique.
"We were delighted to so many people - from all cultures - attending today. This kind of support demonstrates how we are all committed to celebrating the diversity within our society," Nisha added.