Students will be covered from head to toe in color by the time they leave the Holi Festival at the Campus Recreational Field at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
The Holi festival began as a celebration of the beginning of spring, which was celebrated by wearing white clothing and throwing colored powder at other revelers, which covered their clothes and skin.
The origins of the Holi festival can be traced back to Hindu myths, specifically the myth of Holi’s victory of good over evil. It started with an evil king named Hiranyakashipu. He forbade his son, Prahlad, from worshipping a god, but he continued to. Hiranyakashipu challenged his son to sit on a pyre with his wicked aunt, Holika, who was believed to be immune to fire. Prahlad prayed to his god to keep him safe. When the fire started, Holika was burnt to death while Prahlad came out untouched. The burning of Holika is celebrated as Holi, according to www.religionfacts.com.
Today, Holi is also a celebration of love, acceptance and the victory of good over evil.
“I think that’s a concept that even non-Hindus can appreciate,” said Lindsey Ingmire, international student adviser and organizer of the festival.
Ingmire said that the majority of the students who attend the festival don’t celebrate Holi for religious reasons. The average attendance is 30 students. Generally, the word only gets as far as her international students because she only has access to the international student database. She is trying to reach out to the entire campus this year.
This year, the event was posted on theLink, and an email regarding the festival was sent to all students registered with theLink.
Ingmire said she constantly battles the divide between American students and international students and that the hardest part of bridging the gap is getting students to attend events.
“When I was a student here, it was the same way,” Ingmire said. “There was always a very clear divide. There were American events and international events and never the two shall meet. I want to break down those barriers and I want people to feel comfortable enough to mingle.”
Ingmire said that once students go to the events, they forget their cultural barriers.
“It’s just so fun, and I actually made new American friends at this event,” Miyu Fujita, junior hospitality administration major from Japan, said.
“Once they’re there in the event, it’s happening, it’s fun and everybody’s getting dirty, it’s very much a bonding moment,” Ingmire said. “Because you don’t have to have words or conversation to equally throw powder in someone’s face.”