University community invited to attend Holi celebration April 17

Holi flyer

The Center for International Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of the Provost and the Office of First-Year Experience and Family Programs, will hold the first-ever campuswide Holi event Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Freiberger Field.

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 soul mate. 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 with authentic Indian street food, games, colored powder, water guns, cricket and other traditions associated with Holi and Basant.

The first 100 CWRU guests will receive a free kite, while the first 400 CWRU guests will receive a free T-shirt (CWRU ID needed to receive both giveaways).

For more information about the event and to learn about Holi and Basant, check out the Facebook event page and

Those interested in volunteering at the event should email Cami Ross at for more information.