Student Ambassador Exchange enjoys exploring the vast amount of cultures and events around the world that highlight the benefits of cultural integration and exchange. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, is celebrated in South Asia and much of the world as it signifies the beginning of Spring. The festival of brings together people from all classes and age groups, who play with colors, dance and sing, and celebrate in the streets!
Known widely as the Festival of Colour, Holi it takes place over two days and is a celebration of fertility, color, and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil. As mentioned, Holi takes place over two days, the first being Holika Dahan, and the second day being Rangwali Holi. Holika Dahan takes place the night before Rangwali Holi. Wood and dung-cakes are burned in a symbolic pyre to signify good defeating evil (in Hindu Vedi scriptures, the God Vishnu helps burn the devil Holika to death).
The next morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Rangwali Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other around, throwing handfuls of coloured powders (known as gulal) at one another, while getting drenched in water. However, Holi is generally seen around the world as a time to get people together, have fun, and learn about an ancient culture and tradition that welcomes in the new season of spring.
Student Exchange Programs highlight events like this as moments where cultures collide and people learn about something they may never have heard of before. Join our program today by applying to be a Host Family for an International Exchange Student, and join the international experience of a life time!