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Holi - Festival of Colors

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Sunday, Apr 9, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Freiberger FieldMap Location

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 (CWRU ID) receive a free kite - spring is in the air!

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

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.

Comments ·

Cami J Ross

This event is open to all CWRU students, affiliates and community members! Bring as many people as you like!

Ritu Sharma

I am SSSSOOO looking forward to it as this will be my FIRST Holi celebration in past 17 years in USA :)

Salendra Singh

Thank you guys for such an awesome event, Do share the pictures. :D