It’s that time of the year again! Come celebrate the most colorful holiday of the year, HOLI! Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. The celebration will begin at 4:30pm on Foss, and the countdown will be at 5. There will be loud music, pretty colors, and lots of people!
Shirts will be on sale for $5 during lunch and dinner in Usdan during the week before Holi. Shirts sell out FAAAAAST so make sure NOT to forget your money! You will receive two free bags of powder if you buy a shirt.(If you bought a ticket to Samsara you get one free bag of powder as well!) Otherwise, you can buy powder for $1/bag at the event.
Time: Today, Friday 4/25 from 4:30-6pm Place: Foss Hill Cost: $5 for a t-shirt; $1 for a bag of powder
UPDATE 3/31/14: I rescind my earlier comment about spring coming/being here. Obviously I am delusional as there’s currently a solid inch of snow on my front steps…
Oh Foss Hill. You beacon of all the best non-class-related times at Wesleyan. I have been eagerly awaiting your repopulation. But waiting no more. Spring is finally coming/here, folks! I tested out the hill last Thursday afternoon and– though soggy– Foss and us have made it through that dastardly winter. Spring is here and so is a green Foss and I’m feeling nostalgic.
Foss Hill is THE institution around here.The most beloved. The most consistent. The actual center of student life. So, in celebration of Foss, here’s a post lauding favorite Foss Hill Times. AFTER THE JUMP.
Holi, the springtime Festival of Colors, returned to Foss on Saturday for the second year in a row, thanks to the efforts of Shakti, the South Asian Student Association. A barrage of colored powder combined with a slip-and-slide on Foss for the most festive display of spirit on Foss since, well, last Saturday. For an excellent gallery of photos of Holi festivals across India, click here. The gallery below is courtesy of Wesleyan’s Olivia Drake.
From Nandita Vijayaraghavan ’13 and Lauren Javaly ’15:
Missed it last time? The picture above should fill you in. Holi is the
Festival of Color in India and we’re celebrating it right here at Wes
again this year! If you’ve ever dreamed of showering your friends,
frenemies and/or strangers with colorful powder, Saturday is your day.
Bags of powder are $1 each, and proceeds go to MINDS. There also will
be dancing and water balloons, free of charge. Be sure to get there at
3 to get powder in time for the countdown at 3:30!
When: Saturday (April 27th) 3 – 5pm Where: Foss Hill Cost: $1 per bag of powder Facebook event
Do you like Indian food? Do you like body art? Looking for both in one place? Anika Amin ’14 has just the event for you:
Your favorite South Asian Culture Club, Shakti, the very one that brought you Samsara and Holi, is back this fall with Henna and Samosas in Olin! Stop by for a while if you like eating free Indian food, listening to Bollywood music, and being drawn on by South Asians.
Holi, the Indian Festival of Color, arrived on Foss last Friday for what looks to me like a technicolor Woodstock of bodypainting and smiles. Scroll on for a handful of photos from the event courtesy of Nico Vitti ’12, Jeffrey Price ’13, and Kaitlin DeWilde ’13 (in that order). This post in no way offers comment on the related Usdan flier incident—just a glimpse at the event itself, which shouldn’t go uncelebrated on this blog.
We got a tip that there were flyers posted in Usdan during the Holi celebrationthat read “No colored people allowed in Usdan.” And then I saw a photo of one (above), along with a “crazy coincidence” Jezebel article called “Hipster Racism,” shared a bunch of times on my Facebook news feed. Thanks to Luz Rivera ’13 for uploading the picture, and also for writing the appropriate commentary on it in red. These flyers were apparently posted on all of the entrances to the building, and according to Joanne Rafferty, Associate Director of Operations at Usdan, they were not put up by Usdan staff. The flyers have since been taken down. If anyone has any more information about this, sound off in the comments section. Many students are already incredibly offended by this act, saying it’s as insensitive as the anti-affirmative actionbake sale that took place in 2010.
Update: Katherine Y. ’12 made the flyers because Shakti was asked not to make a mess in Usdan by Usdan staff. Her apology: