Yesterday, the Hindu Students Council and Indian Students Association hosted a Holi celebration on the Diag, and it was literally the most fun I've had in a long time! Holi, which was on March 17 this year, is the Hindu festival of colors and love, and it also marks the beginning of spring. While there is much more to the religious celebrations, Holi entails chasing people with paint powder (think Color Run-style), running around, and just having fun! Everybody wins--you want to put powder on other people but you want to come out just as colorful, yourself!
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Before entering the tarped area (the only place where we were allowed to throw paint), everyone received a Ziploc bag filled with paint powder, but I saw a lot of people with non-Ziploc bags of paint. Upon further investigation, these paint bags had come straight from India! Those who had them either had family in India who sent them or they brought them back from India themselves. Either way, I thought it was really cool to be donning "true" Holi paint!
People of all races, religions, and ethnicities were there, and it was truly a celebration of diversity on this campus. We threw paint around, danced to Bollywood music, chased strangers, and had an exceptional time. We only got about 10-15 minutes in the tarped area before it was the next group's turn, but I'm just thankful I got to have this amazing cultural experience. Many of the people there had celebrated Holi before, either in India, with family in the U.S., or at Michigan, yet they were all so excited to share this custom with everyone else. Everyone was just so loving, accepting, and friendly! I've been wanting to go to India for quite some time now, and now I want to go even more!
Have any of you ever celebrated Holi?