A Hindu spring festival of color and sharing love, Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring where we throw colored powder to celebrate the earth returning to color and life and good triumphing over evil.
Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, is observed in early March on the day following the full moon. It is a celebration that glorifies abundant harvest and the fertility of the land.
At Elon, we celebrate Holi in April, when the weather is warmer, with a traditional powdered paint-throwing extravaganza at the Speaker’s Corner on Young Commons in front of Moseley Center.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and will last about an hour.
Please observe these tips for attending Holi:
- Wear old flip flops and remove them before stepping onto the Holi tarp – please put your shoes on before leaving in order to protect the sidewalks
- Wear old clothes – Holi paint stains! Also, you might want to consider a ball cap unless you prefer to have colored hair (in this case, you will be pleased with the results which could last up to a week)
- Don’t bring much with you – anything you carry after Holi WILL get paint on it – stash anything you bring across the sidewalk from the tarp set-up
- Be careful when leaving Holi not to come in contact with walls, sidewalks, the interior of buildings, etc. until you have showered – showering immediately is a good idea
- Clean up after yourself, especially in residence hall showers
Please also make plans to attend an Indian Shabbat co-sponsored by Elon Hillel and the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life at 7 p.m. in the McBride Gathering Space, Numen Lumen Pavilion. An RSVP is not required to attend.
Sponsored by the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life