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HOLI NYC 2013: Festival of Colors

  • Mar 31, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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The week before this event, I will let you know what time I will be there.

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!"

Websites:

http://holinyc.com/holi.html#.UUMsutYreSo

https://www.facebook.com/events/406148319469826/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    it's great meet up. thanks, Cynthia

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was a blast!

      April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Feel free to post your photos. I'd love to see them :-)

      April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just posted photos. Check them out! :-) If you were at the event, please post them. We'd love them.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where will we meet?

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good morning. The festival is on 47th St and 2nd Ave. I will arrive between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Feel free to call/text me when you arrive and we will find each other. My phone number is[masked]

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like its going to be raining the whole time during the Festival hours. Could you please update the event and let everyone know if it's going to be inside or will it be moved to another date? Thnx

    March 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello. Thank you for the information. I checked the weather forecast a few minutes ago. It will be cloudy all day. It will start raining at 5 p.m. The event is still taking place outside on 47th St and 2nd Ave according to their website. I recommend arriving before the rain starts, so you can enjoy the festivities. :-)

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi, my name is Sheila, I want to improve my English and make new friends

    March 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Welcome Sheila. I'm looking forward to meeting you. I'm sure you'll make some new friends. You will certainly practice your English tomorrow. Feel free to join our Conversation Workshop next week for a structured class. :-)

      March 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone. I will arrive at this festival between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Call/text me when you're there. My phone number is[masked]-6950. I'm looking forward to seeing you all. :-)

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    R we going as a group or individually?

    March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ohhhh !!! I love it ... I go to the event anyway!!!

    March 17, 2013

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