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Celebrations of the traditional Indian Holi color festival will be held on Tuesday, March 22 and Saturday, March 26.

The Tuesday event, hosted by University Housing and Residence Life with support from Faculty in Residence and the Honors College, will take place from 5-7 p.m. It is free and open to Auburn students and their guests.

The Holi Festival will include food from Bombay Indian grill, the traditional color throwing and live music from the Indian Music Ensemble.

The traditional color throwing that the festival is known for includes throwing and applying vibrant different colored powders in the air. These clouds of colors represent the message of love and happiness that the Holi Festival embodies.

“Auburn’s Faculty in Residence team has a tradition of promoting international understanding and appreciation of different cultural traditions throughout the year,” said Paul Harris, Faculty in Residence. “This event enables us to showcase local Indian food and Indian music enthusiasts.”

While University Housing and Residence Life hosts a program or event each semester, this is the first Holi Festival they are sponsoring, inspired by the coming of spring.

“The Holi festival is unique because it allows students to celebrate life, springtime and community,” said University Housing and Residence Life administrative graduate assistant Aly Bolin. “This event will be a great opportunity to expose students to new cultural traditions and celebrations while bringing our residential communities together.”

As part of Auburn University Office of International Programs’ “Year of India,” another Holi festival will be hosted on the Student Center Green Space on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The festival is free and will also include music, colorful games and food.

Holi is a festival primarily observed in India, Nepal and other Hindu regions of the world. It is also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love.

For more information, contact Aly Bolin at acb0047@auburn.edu or the Office of International Programs at 844-5001.