Students kick off spring with a colorful Holi celebration


Photo Credit: Mr. Chang

By Isobel Matsukas , Co-Sports Editor

Holi, an ancient Hindu festival, is celebrated on March 20-21 during the month of Phalgun; the festival takes place on the full moon, according to the Hindu calendar. The vibrant colors of the powder represent the positivity in our lives. Holi is the festival of colors and is all about rejoicing, Holi is often referred to as the “festival of love.”

At Flint Hill, Meeran Khan and Melissa Han, leaders of the Global Cuisine Club, planned a Holi celebration on March 29. Proceeds from the event went to Sevak, an organization that works with villages in India to improve people’s lives. Global Cuisine always has a service aspect to their events and held a Husky Dress day to raise money. Because of weather conditions, the original date for the Flint Hill celebration was moved to after spring break.

Khan and Han spoke to Sevak to see if they wanted to partner with Global Cuisine because they try to include a service component to their events. Flint Hill students threw colored powder at each other, a common way to celebrate this festival in India. Bake sale items and samosas, a traditional Indian dish, were included in the celebration as well as music. Both traditional Indian music and American pop music were played to make the event more welcoming to those not familiar with Indian culture. Candles, a photo booth, and flowers were also featured in the event. Leaders of Global Cuisine were concerned that there would not be a diverse group of participants but they agreed that the celebration was a “great way to be inclusive at school” because of how many people with different backgrounds came.

Melissa Han described the event as “a success, definitely, kind of surprising, we didn’t think many people would come. It wasn’t just a cultural celebration, it was a celebration for everyone.”

Meeran Khan wanted people to “enjoy the cultural experience that was very close to me because it is a very fun event but it is also us coming together as a community and forgetting our differences under the joy of spring.”

In traditional Holi festivals, the event begins with the lighting of a bonfire, Holika, which symbolizes how the good outweighs the bad in life. Then at on the eve of Holi, Holika Dahan occurs where the demon King Hiranyakashyap is placed into the fire. The next day is called Dhuleti and the tradition of throwing colored powder at each other occurs. People dance to traditional folk music and gifts are exchanged. Indian delicacies are also served at gatherings.