Holi

Celebrate the Festival of Colors at CWRU’s Holi Event

In April 2016, Case Western Reserve University hosted its first Holi celebration on Freiberger Field. For more information on the 2018 Holi Festival, visit the OrgSync page.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

What is the Holi Festival?

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 the "festival of colors" Holi celebrations consist of throwing colored powders and waters at others. In addition, special food and drink are consumed throughout the day. The variety of colors used in Holi celebrations are culturally symbolic.

Although primarily celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi is observed in many other countries throughout Southeast Asia and around the world.

The festival celebrates the arrival of spring and thanksgiving for a good harvest. Holi is also a day for building relationships through play and laughter. During the celebration in areas where Holi is widely observed, anyone on the street could 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 springtime ailments.

Today, many events have been inspired by the colorful festivities, including the Color Run 5K and the Festival of Colors Music Tour.

For even more information about Holi, visit Kelvin Smith Library's Holi and Basant Kite Festival Guide.