Get.Excited. On April 19, we will be celebrating Holi on the campus of EIU!
What is Holi?
Holi is a traditional spring festival celebrated by Hindus, commonly known as the “Festival of Colors.” Celebrated all over India and Nepal since ancient times, Holi’s precise form and purpose display great variety. Originally, Holi was an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. This aspect still plays a significant part in the festival in the form of the colored powders: Holi is a time when man and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring.
How is Holi Celebrated?
Based on tradition and rooted in Hindi legend, large bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits on the eve of Holi. On the following day, people flock to the streets, armed with smiles and Gulal (colored powder). Children, parents, and even grandparents can be can be found splashing water and Gulal on friends, family, and passers-by.
We’ve got plenty of Gulal. We have water, and music, too. Spring is coming and we’re celebrating! Join us April 19 from 2:00 – 4:00 on the Library Quad (between the University Union and Booth Library). Wear a white t-shirt!*
*We will be using PurColour Celebration Powder. It can stain cloths and the skin, but typical machine washing, with stain remover, removes the stains.