Celebrate Holi – The Festival of Colors – with friends from India on April 30

Friends of India

Friends of India invites U of A students to celebrate Holi – the festival of colors – and enjoy Indian sweets, snacks and chai (Indian milk tea). The celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Wilson Park near the pavilion. RSVP to HogSync (U of A students only).

Come and play with colors and/or simply taste some Indian delicacies and attend the joyful celebration! The event will begin with samosas and chai, followed by a dry color game with upbeat Indian music playing in the background. Pre-packaged boxes of Indian sweets would be given out at the end.

The Story Behind Holi: Holi is an ancient Indian festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. In ancient times there was a demon king Hiranyakasipu who forbade his pious son Prahlad to worship God Vishnu. When Prahlad defied, his father made him sit at the stake with his sister Holika who was immune to fire. But with the grace of God, while Holika burned, Prahlad came out unscathed. Additionally, the celebration of Holi marks the arrival of spring and is associated with the harvest. The festival lasts two days. It starts the evening of purnima (full moon) where a pyre is lit called Holika Dahan. The next morning, the celebration and festivities begin. It is a joyous celebration where people smear themselves with vibrant colors, savor many delicacies, dance and wish happiness for all.

About Friends of India: Friends of India is an on-campus student-run RSO that organizes cultural programs and targeted campus-wide events and helps new students adjust to campus. Students who want to learn more about India or want to enjoy Indian cuisine and culture are welcome to join RSO at Hogsync.

This event is supported by the Student Activities Fee as an Associated Student Government Funded Event and is free to all students currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville who pay the Student Activity Fee . For questions about the event or for accommodations due to a disability, please contact Apoorva Bisht at [email protected] or call 479-575-5255.

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