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Sometimes an excuse to toss colors is more important than the calendar

Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals around the world. In 2019 it was celebrated March 21. So why are two local organizations celebrating it this weekend?

Holi may be the most popular Indian export since chicken tikka masala. It isn’t surprising. Who wouldn’t welcome a chance a chance to run around throwing colorful powder and squirting water at other people? In fact, it’s no wonder it’s particularly popular with college students and grade schoolers.

This year Holi was celebrated on March 21. If you had wanted a traditional Hindu celebration of the festival that “signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships,” you should been at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.

Holi celebrations start on the night before Holi with a Holika Dahan where people gather, perform religious rituals in front of the bonfire, and pray that their internal evil be destroyed the way Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu,
Holi wouldn’t be Holi without colors
But Holi has a contemplative side that is part of the celebration at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, not necessarily with college students

On the other hand, you should go to South Asian Student Association celebration at Butler University April 13 if you want to experience the goofy joy of young people who may not know much about what or why they are celebrating, but welcome an opportunity to toss color at each other (especially with the impending arrival of final exams).

Or if you want a celebration of Holi that highlights Indian culture, food, music and more, try the Indiana Association of Indianapolis April 14.

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