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Kavya Padmanabhan ’18 writes in:


Holi is a South Asian festival celebrating spring and renewal. To celebrate the vibrance and excitement of the new season, people throw colored powder (gulal) at each other.

Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting stained!


Shakti members will be selling Holi shirts for $7 in Usdan at LUNCH AND DINNER on May 1st (Monday) through May 5th (Friday). IF YOU HAVE A SHIRT YOU GET TWO BAGS OF FREE POWDER!!!!!!!

The event is free and unticketed, but you’ll need colored powder to participate! You can buy powder on Foss the day of for $1 a bag.

Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 2:30-4:30 PM
Place: Foss Hill
Cost: $7 for a Holi shirt, $1/bag for colored powder
Facebook event

Holi 2014

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

Foss Hill Times

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.

Photos: Holi, the Festival of Colors, Returns to Foss

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.

Shakti presents HOLI


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!

Wear white.

When: Saturday (April 27th) 3 – 5pm
Where: Foss Hill
Cost: $1 per bag of powder
Facebook event

Holi T-Shirts on Sale Now

tumblr_mlookmncwO1qcuevmo2_r1_500Lauren Javaly ’15 with information regarding Shakti and MIND’s yearly celebration of Holi:

We are selling t-shirts for Holi (which, by the way, is THIS Saturday
at 3!) during lunch and dinner this week so look for our table in
Usdan (we’ll be hard to miss)

Date: April 22-26
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Place: Usdan
Cost: $5

Henna and Samosas with Shakti

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.

Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Olin Lobby
Cost: None

Photos: Holi Comes to Foss

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.

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“No Colored People” Flyer in Usdan

We got a tip that there were flyers posted in Usdan during the Holi celebration that 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 action bake 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: 

HOLI: The Indian Festival of Color @ Foss

Katherine Yagle ’12, critically acclaimed Executive Editor of the Argus and founding manager of Yagle’s Bagles, had a dream that there would be HOLI at Wesleyan. Tomorrow, on Foss, it gets real:

Get down. Get drunk drenched. Get dirty.

It’s HOLI, the Indian Festival of Color, and it’s time to celebrate. Put on your cleanest whites and come to Foss prepared to get rainbow-fied.

Shakti is providing the color powder and the jams. All you need to bring is yourself, your friends, and maybe a water gun.

  • $5 gets you a t-shirt and 2 bags of colored powder (for sale in Usdan the week of Holi)
  • If we run out of t-shirts wear your own white shirt to the event and get one bag free.
  • Every additional bag is $1.

Date: Friday, April 27
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Place: Hoss Fill
Cost: Free
Yagle’s Bagels: Bacefook Facebook