The Holi Festival, a religious Hindu celebration also known as the Festival of Colors, will take place at the Doc Bryan courtyard on March 6 from 4-5 p.m.
The International and Multicultural Student Services Office will provide the color powder and water balloons for the event, but students are encouraged to bring a white T-shirt for the throwing of color.
Assistant Director of Programing and International Student Advisor Lindsey Ingmire said the office is expecting up to 50 people to attend the event.
The Holi Festival is primarily observed in India, Nepal and other South Asian countries. The Festival of Colors is a social event where Hindus gather together and throw colored powder and water balloons in celebration of the arrival of spring and the end of winter. The Holi Festival also signifies the victory of good over evil.
Ingmire said the event was important because students can learn new cultures in a new way.
“Sometimes we get so ritualistic about the way we do things…but really, you have to incorporate the fun part,” Ingmire said. “That’s really how you start to form relationships.”
Ingmire described the event as unique and messy.
“It’s a great way to bring people together and have fun,” Ingmire said. “I would encourage people to look it up and read about it and come with an open mind.”
Avinandan Dahal, a graduate student studying Information Technology from Nepal, said the Holi Festival is a unique part of South Asian culture, and that because America has a diverse culture, the festival can be exciting for people in the states.
“Since we have a lot of international students at Arkansas Tech, I think other people would want to know about different cultures,” Dahal said.