Holi Celebration in US Universities
Celebrate Holi Annual festival of colors promotes unity among Johns Hopkins students
Holi, an ancient Hindu religious festival celebrated in India and across the world, came to the Homewood campus Sunday, marking the arrival of spring. Hundreds of eager students mobilized at The Beach to celebrate this annual spectacle, in its 16th year at Hopkins. Revelers launched splashy shades of red, yellow, green, and blue at one another, creating a kaleidoscope of colors and blurring the distinction between individuals. A traditional Indian meal followed the color war. The festival of colors emerged in India as an opportunity to break down barriers, allowing all to mingle and celebrate this joyous occasion, new beginnings, and triumphs over evils.
Holi was presented by two Johns Hopkins student groups, Association for India’s Development and the Hindu Students Council, and supported by the Graduate Representative Organization, The Graduate Student Association, and a Student Life Programming Grant.
With a large population of Indians settled in the United States, Holi is celebrated with full Josh! gaiety and a lot of fanfare in this country.
Nowadays, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists will join family and friends to observe Holi through dance, music, meals, the lighting of bonfires celebrating goodness over evil, and the tossing of vibrant colored powders into the air, in a grand celebration of peace, friendship, and harmony.
Over the weekend, one of the largest such celebrations was held in Houston, Texas that attracted several thousand people including non-Hindu Americans.