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On March 31st 2013, thousands of people will gather at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenue for a day-long celebration of Holi.In its fourth year, NYC Bhangra has teamed up with Time Warner Cable, to host “Holi Hai in NYC”. Supported by Incredible India (Govt. of India) in the past, this festival attracts Indians and Americans alike.
Festival attendees can win a Kerala style massages courtesy Fine Living Ayurveda New York who will provide the Spa packages for fun raffles at the event. Kiwi Collection, the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels will sponsor 7 nights stay in Oberoi Udaivilas in Rajasthan and 2 nights stay at The Lodge at Woodloch ( Hawley,PA) in an online auction to support Holi Hai 2013.
March 31st, 2013 - Time to spring into Kerala Spa treatment or spend seven nights Maharaja Style.
Besides egg hunting, this Easter Sunday will offer more fun where people can immerse themselves in colors to celebrate the kick-off of spring. Be a Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Parsi or Muslim, enjoying Bhangra music & dance with NYC Bhangra Dance Company‘s FREE Admission event provides dance & music indulgences on the occasion of the Indian festival of colors: Holi.
People from Greater New York area can play Holi in Queens, Brooklyn & Manhattan. But nowhere will you find a FREE celebration that provides FREE sweets & colors, dance & music clubbed with delicious Indian food, all- in-one. Event attendees are encouraged to “play Holi” by smearing folks with color, eating laddoos (traditional Indian sweet), enjoying and supporting the various performances and by, most importantly, having a good time. Kids and families are especially welcome at this event.
What is Holi?
Holi is one of the most fun filled festivals of India. This festival is celebrated across the four corners of India or rather across the globe. It is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smiles and enthusiasm amongst people.
Holi celebrates the arrival of spring, a season of joy and hope. One of Holi's biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes.
Holi is also one of the oldest festivals of India. There are many interesting stories associated with the festival's origin as one moves across the different states in India from North to South and East to West. Paintings and scriptures depict the roots of the festival. Mythology plays a very important part in narrating the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of Holi origin relates to 'Holika Dahan' and Legend of Radha-Krishan.
How is Holi celebrated in India?
It is one of the major festivals in India and is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm and joy. Gulal (powered colors), abeer (water dye/colors) and pichkaris (water guns) are synonymous with the festival. Elaborate plans are made to color the loved ones. In the ensuing battle of colors, everybody is drowned not just in colors of gulal but also in love and mirth. People love to enjoy homemade sweets i.e. Gujiyas etc with each other.
Temples are beautifully decorated at the time of Holi. Idol of Radha is placed on swings and devotees turn the swings singing devotional Holi songs. What is remarkably same across the country is the spirit of Holi. Fun, frolic, boisterousness to the extent of buffoonery marks this festival of colors. And viola, nobody is expected to take offense too, as the norm of the day is, 'Bura na mano Holi hai' - meaning "Don't be offended after all it's Holi!"