Students throw colored powder at each other during Holi celebration

Holi celebration

The Center for International Affairs and the Case Western Reserve University community will celebrate Holi Saturday, April 15, with colored powder, Indian street food, water games and other traditions associated with Holi.

Though primarily celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi is observed in many other countries throughout Southeast Asia and around the world. Originating in Hindu legend, Holi traditionally commemorated the act of the dark blue god Krishna applying color to the face of his soulmate. Known as being the festival of colors, Holi celebrations consist of the throwing of colored powders and waters at others.

The festival celebrates the arrival of spring (Basant) and thanksgiving for a good harvest, in addition to being seen as a day used for building relationships through play and laughter.

All faculty, staff, students and community members are invited to celebrate Holi on Freiberger Field, from 1 to 4 p.m. Members of the community planning to attend should be aware that CWRU students will be prioritized in color throws and at the food tables.

The Center for International Affairs, First Year Experience and Family Programs, the Office of the Provost and the Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsor the event with support from many student groups, including the Undergraduate Indian Student Association and Satrang.

Learn more about Holi at CWRU.