BENIDORM recently celebrated the Holi Festival, inspired by the Hindu commemoration of the triumph of good over evil.
The event was a double celebration as it coincided with the 44th birthday of Petita, an Asian elephant who lives in the Terra Natura park.
The Holi Festival, which was held in the nature park, was attended by more than 3,000 people who joined in the traditional Battle of Colours, throwing coloured powder and water.
This was Petita’s day too with a procession of musicians and sari-clad dancers makng their way first to the enclosure where she lives with her companion Kaisa. To mark the special day both their heads were decorated with traditional bindis and adornments in keeping with Hindu custom.
Here they were presented with fruit and vegetables while the public sang ‘Happy Birthday.’
Petita’s story was originally a sad one but fortunately for her had a happy ending. As her name suggests, Petita is small and at first she was rejected by the rest of her herd and treated as an outcast.
Little by little and thanks to Kaisa, she was able to integrate with the other elephants. As in all the best stories, they now live happily ever after.