IU Asian Culture Center organizes 'festival of colours'

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Students gathered in April during IU Bloomington's recognition of American Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month to celebrate Holi. The event was organized by the IU Asian Culture Center and held in the Collins Living-Learning Center Courtyard.

Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is one of the most festive holidays in India. It was traditionally celebrated by Hindus, but is now celebrated by Hindus and non-Hindus alike across Southeast Asia and beyond.  It is celebrated in the spring, typically at the approach of vernal equinox. The festival is a time to play and laugh and hail the arrival of spring.  It signifies the victory of good over evil and is a time to forget and forgive.  Colored powders are thrown.

The students celebrated with dance demonstrations, food tasting, henna, and colored powder throwing.

Read more in the Indiana Daily Student article: Back home for a day.