ICLC to Host Holi 2017 Saturday

The Indian Culture and Language Club (ICLC) along with the Bangladesh Cultural Club, Indian Graduate Students Association, and Penn State Cricket will host the organization’s fourth annual Holi Festival of Colors Saturday, April 15th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the HUB Lawn

The Holi holiday has roots in the ancient story of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, king of Multan and his evil sister Holika who were defeated. 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 and those who celebrate simply enjoy the colors.

Along with lots of colored powder, the festival will have free food, music, and performances from various Penn State clubs such as Penn State Natya, R.A.M. Squad, Ambitions, and PSU Outcast. In addition, there will be a photo booth.

For those who have never been to Holi, ICLC President Kruti Mehta says that those in attendance will enjoy the welcoming, colorful festival.

“People can expect dancing, music, food, water and lots and lots of colors,” Mehta said. “They can expect to have a good time. Holi is a type of festival where the people who you don’t even know will come and put colors on you. I like the fact that Holi allows people to set aside their differences in the most playful and innocuous way.”

Ultimately, Mehta wants the event to provide a source of unity at Penn State.

“[Holi] will bring people together regardless of their age, gender, and race,” she said. “People passing through HUB that Saturday will just join the event to have fun.”

Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy