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.
Asha House in New Delhi, India
This past summer, I spent two weeks at the Asha House, a children’s home near Delhi. Here, I fell in love with 29 beautiful children who accepted me immediately upon my arrival. They tried (and failed) to teach me Hindi. But, they taught me cricket and seven stones, while I taught them how to do the Hokey Pokey. Asha, a Hindi word meaning “Hope”, is the perfect word to describe these children. Although they have faced more than I can ever imagine, they have an incredible hope for the future. To read more about the Asha House and experiences in India, click here!