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 2017 Holi Festival, visit the OrgSync page.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

What is the Holi Festival?

Although 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 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 springtime 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.

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