I wanted to get this post published before the Holi Festival — so much for plans! But the good news is that now I get to share our great pictures and get everyone excited for next year’s event.
This annual free and open to the public event is sponsored by the UT Hindu Students’ Association on the LBJ lawn on campus. About 6,000 people showed up to celebrate by throwing handfuls of brightly colored power (called “rang”) on their friends and total strangers!
According to the student group,
“Holi is the Hindu festival celebrating the arrival and color of the spring season. Widely recognized as the festival of color, this event involves throwing colored powder and water on friends and family along with playing various games and simply having fun.”
And that it was. We were advised to come in white t-shirts, and be prepared to get “colorful.” And colorful it was!
By the time we and about 5,990 other people finished tossing, dumping, and smearing color on each other, white was the least common color anyone could see.
The live music, beautiful sunshine and big smiles on everyone’s face made it a perfect afternoon. It’s a great event for college students, families, singles…yeah, everyone! I would recommend leaving pups at home, though. All the flying powder could irritate their eyes and the crowds could get stressful.
Since the Festival is an annual spring event, I’ll make sure to let y’all know when the next one is scheduled.
Sponsored by the University of Texas Hindu Student Association
Holi 2015 Event is not yet scheduled, but will be in early March.