April 17, 2006

Students Throw Colors, Celebrate Holi Festival

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Anabel Taylor Courtyard was host to a patchwork of colors this Saturday when the Hindu Student Council (HSC) hosted its annual celebration of Holi, the festival of color. Faces, bodies, grass and pavement were smeared with red, green, blue and yellow when 600 people took advantage of the opportunity to attack friends and strangers with colored powder called “rung.” Indian music contributed to the festivities and sparked dancing among some participants.

Reflecting on the event’s success, former HSC president Kavitha Mukund ’06 said, “We were hoping and expecting a lot of people, but selling out was definitely a wonderful surprise!”

In addition to being known as the ‘festival of colors’ Holi is celebrated at the onset of spring each year. Weather changes during the spring make people prone to viral infections this time of year, such as the common cold. It is believed that the significance of throwing colored powder at one another has medicinal value because the rung is actually composed of several different medicinal herbs. These herbs were used by Ayurvedic or ancient Hindu doctors.

“People of every color came to Holi and had a great time together, and all of them left, quite literally, in every color. It reminds us that the differences we perceive among people are only superficial,” said HSC President Rishi Ramchand ’07.

Those in attendance at Holi enjoyed dousing friends with colored rung.

Dave Kurczewski ’08 praised the event as “…awesome … totally crazy!”

Similarly, Melissa Simonetti grad said attending Holi was a “great [event] for [her] last year here.”

Organizing and planning Holi this year was similar to last year, Mukund said. However other external factors may have contributed to the greater number of tickets sold.

“One thing that made it different this year than past years was the gorgeous weather,” Mukund said. The reported high for this past Saturday afternoon was near 70 degrees. HSC members were also especially careful to schedule Holi during a weekend that did not conflict with other events like MCATs or Law School programs.

Archived article by Sanika Kulkarni
Sun Staff Writer