Friday, March 19, 2010

Holi - The Festival of Colors

Randolph students gathered in Bell Quad to dance and smear each other with color in recognition of Holi - the Hindu Festival of Color.

Participants decorated themselves and others with brightly colored powders and danced in the sun to music provided by WWRM deejays. Passersby and observers were invited to join in the fun. Those who did not want to get too messy often settled for a couple of small dashes of color on the forehead and cheeks.

Said one student who was unsuspectingly roped in on the way back from class, "I'm not really sure what's going on here... but I like it!"

Celebrated all over India since ancient times, Holi was originally an agricultural festival celebrating the arrival of spring. Holi is a time when people and nature alike throw off the gloom of winter and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring. It is a time to let loose.