By Angela Hernandez
LOGOS OPINIONS EDITOR
Students flung bright-colored dye at one another to celebrate the “Holi” start of spring on Dubuis Lawn on Thursday, March 20, at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Holi, a Hindu tradition where colored powder is thrown represents the beginning of spring in India.
At UIW, Holi was an intercampus collaboration cosponsored by Campus Life, International Affairs, Institute of World Cultures, University Mission & Ministry and ELS Language Centers.
While the event stared at noon, the dye throwing didn’t take place until a little after 3. There were still other activities to partake in: a zip line, live DJ and food truck as well as henna tattoos are just some of the events attendees could take part in.
This year’s Holi was junior Karissa Rangel’s second year attending the event.
“Last year I heard about it from my history teacher, Dr. (Lopita)Nath, and I ended up having a great time with my roommate at the event,” said Rangel, a communication arts major concentrating in media studies. “This year the event grew in size, it was more widely advertised, (and) there were tents set up along with an actual food truck.”
Holi planners also had white shirts available for last-minute participants and those who forgot to bring theirs. International Affairs, University Mission and Ministry, UIW Asian Culture and History Club hosted the event. Various types of South Asian and Indian food were available as well as other activities.
Along with the food, music, color and art there was a dance performance featuring members of the Asian Culture Club. They danced to Bollywood music. The music, dancing and food were all as vibrant as the colors being thrown.
Once the dye throwing was about to take place, different vendor tents were disabled to make room for the activities. Students wore plain, white T-shirts and those last- minute attendees were encouraged to take white shirts being handed out by Study Abroad.
There were four rounds of dye throwing. Each time students lined up with a plate to collect the multiple colors and once everyone was ready, the color started flying. Between each round students were encouraged to share before and after pictures of the event on social media.
“I decided to attend Holi again because I had so much fun throwing colors last year,” Rangel said. “It’s a great event to go to with friends, but it’s also nice to have fun with people you don’t know. Everyone throws color on everyone else. It doesn’t matter if you know them, if they are from Texas or even another country.”
Holi brought students together through cultural celebration. This was a festival where international and domestic students could come together, to share different traditions of a unique culture a person might not have the chance to encounter.
“Students got a number of e-mails advertising the event, and I think this really helped with student turnout,” Rangel said. “I was glad to see more international students attending, considering that Holi is an Indian tradition.”
This year’s Holi had a larger turnout last year from both international and native students as well as new activities such as the zip line.
“I expect the event will continue to get larger with each coming year, which I’m really happy about since it is so much fun,” Rangel said.
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