Bede would like to wish all of our Jewish neighbours in Gateshead Happy Purim.

On March 16th and 17th this year Jews celebrate an important day for them where what could have been a tragedy for Mordechai, Esther and the Jews of Persia turned into a day of rejoicing and feasting. So, Jewish people celebrate with parties and dressing up. It is a day to reconnect with families and friends and to give back to your community through gifts and charity; it is a day of joy, resilience and togetherness. If you see any Jews having fun in the next couple of days maybe wish them Happy Purim (Chag Purim Sameach in Hebrew) .

We would also like to wish our Hindu friends Happy Holi. This is known as The Festival of Colours and marks the beginning of Spring in the Indian subcontinent. This year it is celebrated on Friday, March 18th . Much like Purim, Holi celebrates the triumph of good over evil and there is quite a gruesome story involving the god Vishnu, who saved Prahlad and burnt Holika in a pyre! Often, Hindus celebrate with bonfires and throwing powdered colours on each other. There is lots of singing and dancing and is a very happy occasion. So, we wish everyone the most beautiful colours of life. Happy Holi!