During the afternoon on Friday the 24th of April, 2015, the Office of Study Abroad will be hosting the third annual HOLI: FESTIVAL OF COLORS from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Library Quad of Eastern Illinois University. Admission is FREE, so come out and celebrate the spring season with us in an explosion of color and friendship.
The celebration originated as a Hindu religious holiday, mainly in India and Nepal, as a day to rid oneself of past errors, end conflicts, forgive and forget. It also marked the beginning of spring, and the tradition of spreading colors everywhere is a way to celebrate and encourage the coming growth of spring’s flowers and plants. The festival has since spread throughout other Asian countries and on to countries like the United States. Here at Eastern, the Festival of Colors gives students an opportunity to get together with their friends and work off the stress of upcoming exams and the end of the semester.
People of all ages and professions are encouraged to come and make a mess. As per tradition, colorful powder will be distributed to be spread on friends, family, and strangers. Participants will be sure to leave covered in all sorts of color with a smile on their face. Returning participants will remember the festival well and are sure to encourage new people to remember to wear white T-shirts or at least something they do not mind getting messy.
It’s sure to be a fun and messy time. Save the date, and I’ll see you there!
Huh? What is Holi?
- Traditional spring festival celebrated by Hindus, commonly known as the “Festival of Colors.”
- Celebrated all over India and Nepal since ancient times, Holi welcomes the coming of spring.
- In most of India, Holi is celebrated the day after the full moon in March each year.
- Large bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits on the eve of Holi.
- The day of, people flock to the streets, armed with Gulal (colored powder). People of all ages and professions can be found splashing water and Gulal on friends, family, and passers-by.
Wanna go to Holi?
- Holi will be celebrated on Friday, April 25th, from 12 – 2 pm on the Library Quad.
- Free Gulal and plenty of water will be made available.
- Music and a photo booth will be on site.
- There will be free giveaways of sunglasses and sport towels, and we will be hosting a raffle.
- Those participating are encouraged to wear a white t-shirt or other light-colored old clothing.
- This event is FREE and everyone is encouraged to join in!
Can’t Get Enough?
Check out some of the highlights from last year’s Holi event at EIU.
Be on the lookout for more info to come! Follow along at #eiuholi
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.