by Matt Adams
Bringing Color from Home to Small Town America
Join Tiffin University and international students from India on April 23, 2018, for a festival of color. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself with fellow students and learn about different cultural traditions not celebrated nationally in the United States. College is the best time to experience opportunities like the Holi festival.
Holi is on of the most celebrated festivals in India and the Hindu religion and is based on the new moon. The festival can be mostly compared to Mardi Gras in the Christian faith. It is a time of celebrating life and love, as people rejoice in the good times. Like Mardi Gras, Holi is celebrated for a few weeks, with special traditions happening for specific periods of time. There is a time where certain foods are eaten for the festival and eventually capped off with the festival of color.
For the Hindu faith, Holi represents who someone is and what people believe in, as people get closer to their religion. Many legends and mythology give Holi life in modern times, altogether Holi represents good versus evil. Good always won in the legend Prahlad and Hiranyakshyap, Radha and Krishna, Ogress Pootana, Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva, andOgress Dhundhi.
The legend of Radha and Krishna is believed where color is used to represent the significance to Holi. In any circumstances or beliefs, Holi is important to Tiffin University Indian student population. It is important for any international student to celebrate festivals from home, it brings home to a part of the world that is different and new. International festivals help students not feel homesick and give a chance to celebrate their culture. The Indian students have been excited to prepare the Holi festival. They are also excited to showcase their culture to other students.
photo submitted by Carol A. McDannell