Every year, thousands and thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Gage Park for A Midsummer’s Dream. We have created an experience for others that is a massive force for good in the community, a very strong positive vibration.

We throw the colours to signify inclusion, the triumph of good over evil, and the dissolution of social barriers that we have to one another. A Midsummer’s Dream is inspired by an ancient Hindu Festival called “Holi”, that has been happening for thousands of years. It is the festival of sharing love.

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Traditionally, Holi is celebrated in the spring time, and there is a wonderful story behind it. A story about a young boy who was a devotee of Ram (the hindu name for God) and his father who set out to destroy him, one day his father threw the boy in the fire, anticipating he would die. He came out unscathed because he was given a special spiritual boon from Ram. When he emerged from the fire people celebrated, by the throwing of the colour.

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When we throw the colours, it is an invitation for all people no matter their background to come in and participate, because as the saying goes “nevermind it’s Holi”, meaning don’t take yourself so seriously, everybody is welcome, anyone can join.

The colours symbolize a coming together of all people. This is why we throw the colours in the air together, to symbolize how all people from whatever walk of life, can come together and create something beautiful. Once people are covered in colour they stop taking themselves seriously, they can see each other as equals, and would be open to making new friends in the process. A Midsummer’s Dream celebrates the essence of Holi, we want to make this a massive force for good. We are of the belief that it is better to spread positivity, and create an experience for others to feel something different. A place for others to be open and curious about what else is going on in the world. Because the world is such a fascinating place.

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Since the essence of Holi is to remind us all that we live together on this planet. We think the meaning of Holi needs to be celebrated everyday. We should just be love and accept each other, that is why we continually do this festival. We think its awesome. The main draw is the colours, and the after effect is completely up to the experiencer.

We want to create a culture of inclusion and togetherness, hoping that we can all understand and accept other people and their backgrounds.   By being love with others , it doesn’t feel like you are on some school trip. Instead it is an experience that you are deeply involved in.  A place where you are open to learn about other people and not take ourselves so seriously.

Hindu widows throw colored powder on an Indian policeman as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the Hindu festival of colors at the ashram. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Hindu widows throw colored powder on an Indian policeman as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, at the Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan, India, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The widows, many of whom at times have lived desperate lives in the streets of the temple town, celebrated the Hindu festival of colors at the ashram. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangu

The colour throws symbolize that once all the our “stuff” is forgotten about, we can finally just exist together as friends, and that everybody is in a way, just like us. Human beings looking for meaning and love, and that when we step just outside of our comfort zone, we see a new aspect of ourselves that we never knew that was there. A side that can accept and appreciate another side of life, and just because we come from different backgrounds, doesn’t mean that we never knew that was there. A side that can accept and appreciate another side of life, and just because we come from different backgrounds, doesn’t mean that we are so different after all.

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