April 8 - 12, 2019

HOLI — Festival of Colors

Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
Monday, April 9, 2018 / 1:00pm-3:00pm
Sanford Mall
Free event

Originating from Hindu culture, the festival of Holi is celebrated in many parts of South Asia, including India and Nepal, to welcome the arrival of spring. Holi has become known as a “festival of colors,” with participants throwing colored Holi powder called gulal, which covers people from head to toe, leaving them difficult to recognize. The act symbolizes that we can still recognize the humanity that unites each one of us regardless of any superficial divisions society may have historically imposed, or currently imposes. This festival is especially significant in India as part of the healing process of post-colonialism and is a symbol of unification regardless of class, ethnic backgrounds, religions, creeds, perspectives, etc.

About the Diversity Celebration

The Diversity Celebration features a wide array of local and international music, eclectic dancing, delectable food, and imaginative crafts. Appalachian students, faculty, staff, K-12 schools, and members of the local community are all invited to join us in this celebration of cultures through art and entertainment.

The Diversity Celebration supports and enhances Appalachian State University's mission of "accepting the responsibility to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural, and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation, and world," by providing a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

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