The South Asian Student Association (SASA) will host Holi 2017 this Saturday on HUB Lawn. Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is a holiday celebrated in both India and Nepal. The holiday is a time for many to rid themselves of past errors, resolve conflicts and forgive. During this time, many people pay or forgive debts while looking forward to the start of spring.

Holi has its roots in the ancient story of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, king of Multan and his evil sister Holika who were defeated and burned for their arrogance. To celebrate, many people apply ash to their foreheads in remembrance of the symbolic victory of good over evil while colored powder eventually replaced the ash in some areas..

On Old Main Lawn Saturday, attendees are expected to wear their whitest t-shirt and prepare to be doused in an array of colors. Along with the colored powered, there will be a live DJ and dance performances from Penn State groups such as Penn State Sher BhangraPenn State GhaamudyazPenn State JaDhoom, and R.A.M. Squad. To top it off, an elephant will be in attendance as well to help with the festivities.

SASA’s Holi 2017 is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m Saturday.

Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy