Holi: The Festival of Colors
One of my favorite times of the year, Holi is an Indian festival that marks the beginning of Spring. You can probably tell why it’s called the festival of colors. On this day (usually in March, based on the Hindu calendar) the entire country of India is vibrant, energetic, and bathed in beautiful colors.
My personal experience with Holi has been incredible because I always remembered it as a time when my family and friends were with me and we would play with colors all day, dance to beautiful Bollywood songs, eat delicious food, and cover each other with different colors. The aesthetic of Holi is very consistent throughout the country and now in many places around the world. People usually wear white clothes, and by the end of the day, they are covered with a myriad of bright colors.
Once I came to the United States, I went to the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate student. Most people there had never even heard of Holi, so I organized a Holi event on campus. The students and faculty loved it and in our first year celebrating it, we had over a hundred people participate. Needless to say, Holi has become a tradition on campus and people look forward to adding all sorts of colors to our campus every Spring. Read the UNH article if you are interested to read about Holi from an American student’s perspective: UNH Holi Feature
Here are some pictures from the Holi celebration at the University of New Hampshire.
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