April 2 color festival to celebrate start of spring

April 2 color festival to celebrate start of spring

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Nebraska will hold a traditional Hindu color festival on April 2. The event is free and open to students with valid NCard.

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln will celebrate Holi, a Hindu spring festival, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 on the Selleck Hall sand volleyball court. The event is free and open to students with valid NCard.

Celebrated in India and Nepal, Holi — also known as the festival of colors or festival of love — signifies the arrival of spring and allows individuals to gather, play, laugh and put aside their differences.

Designed to bring students of different backgrounds together, the Nebraska celebration will include information about the history and tradition of Holi. Participants will have the opportunity to throw colored powder on each other while dancing to traditional Hindu music. The event will also include three throws of color and free Indian food.

Participants are encouraged to wear sunglasses and wear clothes that they would not mind getting stained. The color powder being used is made from food grade, biodegradable products with Food and Drug Administration-approved dyes.

The Holi celebration is organized by University Housing, Selleck and Kauffman residence halls, the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, Global Studies Program, Chancellor's Diversity Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Residence Hall Association, India Students Association, South Asian Student Association, and the Residence Life Intercultural Aide program.

For more information, send email to pankajdesai@unl.edu.