The South Asian Student Association (SASA) is once again hosting the Holi Festival of Colors, which will take place in the Ryder Center on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m.
The festival involves cultural performances from a diverse group of students and faculty, authentic South Asian cuisine and a color throw.
“Holi has been and will be my favorite festival of all,” said Jayanti Singh, who serves as the cultural secretary of SASA. “In India, it is a common belief that on the day of Holi, one is supposed to give up on all sorts of animosity and enmity and embrace happiness and togetherness. … One of the main reasons we smear color on each other’s faces as part of the custom is to hope for a vivid and vibrant life for the other person.”
SASA expects the turnout for this year’s celebration to be even better than last year. They are expecting 800 or more people to attend the event, so they have decided to move the celebration from the Hamilton Gym to the O’Neill Arena in the Ryder Center.
“All of us at SASA are putting in a lot of hard work and sincerely hope that the event is a huge success like every year,” Singh said.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrating the onset of spring and the end of the winter seasons.
Although it began as a religious event originating in India, it has become a cultural tradition celebrated all throughout South Asia in countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka.
“I personally love Holi because it brings everyone closer,” said Mohammad Hossain, the community relations officer for SASA. “Even though this event originated in South Asia, everyone celebrates this event as a Cardinal here. Events like Holi provide a diverse experience to the SVSU students and the community.”
The use of varied colors in Holi signifies the abundant natural colors that the season of spring brings.
To many Hindus, Holi stands for an occasion to reset and renew ruptured relationships, end conflicts and rid themselves of accumulated emotional impurities from the past. On the day of Holi, friends and relatives visit each other and spend the rest of the day together.
SASA will be selling tickets all around campus this week. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for others, $5 for color throw only and free for children under 6.