Holi welcomes the colors of spring


Harsha Chandupatla/Observer

Colors abound as students celebrate the ancient tradition of Holi.

With good weather and clear skies finally showing up, it’s a time for celebration. On April 11, the Undergraduate Indian Students Association (uISA) hosted their annual Holi celebration.

Holi is a 1,300-year-old festival celebrated in India for the coming of spring. Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is a Hindu festival that even non-Hindus celebrate all throughout South Asia. While there are many ways to celebrate based on the entertainment and cuisine that is popular in that particular region of India, one of the main commonalities is the color celebration.

A variety of colored powders are thrown around and splattered on people in a joyous celebration. As a fun event that also exposed Case Western Reserve University to another culture, uISA hosted its celebration on Leutner Pavilion.

“It’s a tradition in India, and we’re here to share it with the people on campus,” said Deep Gandhi, president of uISA. “There are a lot of Indian people here, and we get to share not only our culture, but also make it a fun social experience out of it.”

Luckily the day was bright and sunny with not a cloud in sight. People were asked to wear white to the occasion and waited excitedly for it to start. A mix of Bollywood and American Pop was playing on the speakers while refreshments of samosas and drinks were served.

Once it started, the white clothes became a canvas for the various colors to land upon. People ran around throwing colorful powder at each other while screaming whenever it got in their hair or face. A total of 100 pounds of powder was ordered for the celebration.

The air was streaked with red, purple, blue, green and yellow powders. Eventually the organization opened up the water balloons and slip ‘n slide, which caused even more mayhem and fun. The entire event lasted for about three hours, with everyone covered with paint and drenched with water.