Holi Festival

Celebrate the Festival of Colors with CWRU

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Affairs

Date & Time: Sunday, April 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern)

Come be part of a COLORFUL, fun (and educational) dance party! Featuring authentic Indian street food, and LOTS of colored powder, water guns, cricket, and traditions associated with Holi and Basant! You will leave rainbow colored! 

Want more than a colorful dance party? Student and community booths will offer games and activities to keep everyone, including family, entertained! 

**First 100 CWRU guests (with CWRU ID) receive a free kite - spring is in the air!

**First 400 CWRU guests (with CWRU ID) will receive a free "CWRU" white Tshirt

Volunteers: https://orgsync.com/98468/forms/191588

Though primarily celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi is observed in many other countries throughout Southeast Asia and around the world. Originating in Hindu legend, Holi traditionally commemorated the act of the dark blue god Krishna applying color to the face of his soul mate. Known as being the festival of colors, Holi celebrations consists of the throwing of colored powders and waters at others. In addition, special food and drink are consumed throughout the day. The variety of colors used in Holi celebration are culturally symbolic. The festival celebrates the arrival of Spring (Basant) and thanksgiving for a good harvest in addition to being seen as a day used for building relationships through play and laughter. During celebration in areas where Holi is widely observed, anyone on the street may be fair game from head to toe, but in houses and doorways, only the face is smeared with color. Originally, the colors were made from Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, and Bilva--medicinal herbs which were simultaneously used in the playful festival as a means of preventing spring-time ailments. Today, in addition to the observance of the festival worldwide, many events have been inspired by the colorful festivities--including the Color Run 5K and the Festival of Colors Music Tour. 

The meaning of the colors: 

Red: Union and Purity
Pink: Friendliness and Happiness
Orange: Strength and Courage
Yellow: Sincerity and Piety
Green: Vitality and Rebirth
Blue: Power and Passion
Purple: Devotion to Self and Spirit

This event is sponsored by The Center for International Affairs, The Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost and First Year Experience.

Thanks to the participation of many student groups including: 
Undergraduate Indian Students Association at CWRU
Satrang - Graduate Indian Student Association
CWRU South Asian Law Students Association
Tri Sigma
Badminton Club - CWRU
CWRU Cricket Club
and more!

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