April 28, 2014
The Indian & South Asian Students Association with ASUW Asian Student Commission presents: HOLI 2014
LOGISTICS: Friday, May 9, 2014 – beginning at 3:30pm in the Archery Field Range [next to Hansee Hall & the Hughes Penthouse Theater] FB EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1484279715119439/
Popularly known as the “Festival of Colors,” Holi originates from the story of Prahlad in Hindu mythology. Holi is a celebration of Prahlad’s life being spared due to his faith in Lord Vishnu and the defeat of the evil demon, Holika. To celebrate this occasion, individuals all over the world throw colored powder at each other in excitement. The significance of the colored powder is metaphoric, showing that we too can be “colored” by God’s grace and protected from evil. Also, the different colors of powder are representative of showing unity among all types of people, based on caste, gender, and status, and destroying any boundaries set by these differences. Today, Holi is observed at many college campuses around the U.S. to raise awareness about South Asian culture. ASC, ISA, and SASA are excited to bring this wonderful festival to UW for the third annual time!
ATTIRE: As traditionally worn throughout South Asia, we would encourage you all to wear WHITE clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty, as the colored powder sticks onto clothing pretty well. Holi powder will also show up best on white, especially in photos. These recommendations also apply to shoes, so please consider wearing flip-flops, crocs, or sandals, instead of sneakers or running shoes!