The New Brunswick Free Public Library will be celebrating its Sixth Annual Holi Festival on Saturday, March 28. The performances will begin after remarks by Upendra J. Chivukula, Commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities.
Holi is an exuberant festival of colors celebrated in the month of March. Originally called Holika, it is meant to be a festival that
brings people together. Meeting and greeting friends and relatives and exchanging sweets and gifts are integral parts of Holi.
The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Mehndi, the Indian henna tattoo that is applied to the hands. This is a temporary tattoo that plays varied roles in Indian culture. After henna is applied and dries off, it leaves an ornate, brownish orange design which will stay on for a few days.
From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., there will be a display of regional dresses, an Indian jewelry display, children activities, and music and
dance performances by Rutgers students, Taalim School of Indian Music, and Hindi USA. In addition, a variety of Indian food and delicacies will be provided for sampling.
Finally, from 3:30-4:00 p.m., Holi color play (throwing colored powder) will take place on the library’s front lawn.
If you want to participate in color play, please make sure to wear old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty! After color play, please understand that we will be unable to have you back inside the library building. Please come and join us for this wonderful community event.
This family event is free and open to the public. This program has been organized in conjunction with the Rutgers Indian Graduate Students Association (RIGSA), Hindi USA, Taalim School of Indian Music, and the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI). RIGSA organizes a number of social gatherings and cultural shows each semester. Hindi USA is the largest Hindi volunteer organization in USA. Taalim School of Indian Music is a premier tabla school and an Indian performing arts
organization, guided by Indian music maestro Pandit Divyang Vakil. SATHI is a program based out of UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for improving health and well-being of South Asian community.