The colors will fly
‘The only rule is there are no rules’
Shantanu Gavai | reporter
“Colorful” is the easiest way to describe the Holi festival, and just about all of the participants.
People from around the world celebrate this Indian cultural event, also known as “the Fesitval of Colors,” held annually by the Indian Student Association (ISA).
Vedant Dhruv, ISA president and senior in automotive technology, says that Holi is all about fun, colors and happiness.
“The only rule is that there are no rules in Holi,” he said. “We just throw color on whoever comes in front of us and get them all wet. We bring organic and natural color which wouldn’t harm the eyes, and the best part is that it’s free for everyone.”
Holi is an annual Hindu celebration held every year in India and around the world that marks the end of winter, and welcomes the spring season. Also known as Phagwah in India, Holi is a celebration of the harvest season and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil.
“Our association has been celebrating Holi for the last five years on campus, but we had around 200 students and faculty members play with us last year, which was our biggest turnout,” Dhruv said.
Kartik Keshre, ISA vice president and graduate student in accounting, says that no one is spared when it comes to Holi.
“You will see that you are throwing color at strangers as you’re easily welcomed and included in the event,” he said. “People get wild with songs as they dance in color and scream their lungs out.”
Participants are known to become coated in watercolors.
“It gets so hard to even recognize the faces of your best friends when you are playing Holi,” said Omiya Kabir, ISA secretary and graduate student in human resource management.
“Last year, we had students from Brazil, Paraguay, China, and other countries were thrilled to be a part of the event and they had a gala time as it was something they saw for the first time,” said Kabir. “It brings back the kid in you, you want to be in the outdoors and have all those colors and everything.”
Feni Amin, ISA resource coordinator and senior in biology, says that students all over the campus have been looking forward to Holi for a year now. ISA has tried to make it as exciting as possible this time.
“We’ll have a DJ and pumped up Indian music in the background while people will be splashing watercolors at each other,” said Amin. “This free event allows people to relax and sit on the benches or be in the middle of the mush.”
Holi will be held at the Gorilla Village on Saturday, March 30, from noon-3 p.m.