Holi Festival highlights South Asian culture, philanthropy
Centre College recently hosted the Holi Festival to celebrate the beginning of spring and South Asian culture. Despite the cold weather, the Centre community gathered to watch dance performances, enjoy South Asian food and participate in color throwing on the Festival Lawn.
The event followed a Color Run earlier that morning, both of which made up the Colorfully United 2018 celebration.
Organizer Bhavani Gudlavalleti ’19 felt confident that the event had successfully engaged her peers and the campus.
“From the dance performances to the color throwing, each moment was wonderful. I was just glad to hear my friends wanted to me to do this event again,” she remarked.
Explaining her motivation for organizing the festival, Gudlavalleti referenced the need for connection and support among the growing numbers of South Asian students on Centre’s campus.
“Almost all universities celebrate Holi, because they have an Indian Student Association, Hindu Student Group or a South Asian Student group,” she said. “So, seeing the increase in the number of South Asian students at Centre inspired me to plan this festival.
“With more South Asians coming to Centre, it is necessary for the community to show love and brotherhood with incoming South Asian students by celebrating South Asian culture,” Gudlavalleti continued.
She also noted the importance of support from the student service organization STAND, which co-sponsored the event.
“I am hoping to do this event again with STAND,” she added. “I really want the Holi Festival to have a philanthropy component, and I want to connect the Centre community to my community back in India.”
All proceeds from the Holi Festival went to help the Mother Teresa Shelter Home, an orphanage for boys ages one to 14 in Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh, India. The funds helped to buy desktop computers and a deep freezer to support the education and meals of the boys at the home.
By Kathleen Murphy ’18
April 19, 2018