Holi Indian Festival of Colors FICA Indian Community Center March 16, 2013
According to Wikipedia, "Every year, thousands of Hindus participate in the festival Holi. The festival has many purposes. First and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring's abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. It also has a religious purpose, commemorating events present in Hindu mythology."
FICA, the Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio, held a Holi celebration at their Community Center on March 16, 2013. Everyone, even the guests, got some color.
Pouja Kumar Shyaum and FICA President Asim Datta
In this short video clip from the ceremony, Rahul and Rupal Dhrun explain Holi.
Rahul and Rupal Dhrun with Ruhan and Ruchi
Tasty, traditional food was served.
Prasanna Kriahnan and Soumadeep Guma
There were also performances to celebrate Holi.
In this video, Pouja Kumar Shyaum introduced Seystha Mehta and her mother Sangita Mehta who performed a Bollywood inspired dance that is typical of how Holi might be celebrated in Punjab.
Next Seystha and Sangita Mehta danced with Hawken teachers to a routine that included the popular Jai ho.
Pouja Kumar Shyaum
Enjoy these other images from the FICA Holi celebration