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Moravian Community Celebrating Holi the Spring Festival of Colors

Bethlehem, Pa., March 18, 2011--Colored powders will fly when Moravian College celebrates Holi the Spring Festival of Colors on Sunday, March 20 at from noon to 2 p.m. in the Saal of Seminary’s Bahnson Center, located at 60 W. Locust Street in Bethlehem, Pa.

Holi is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking. Holi is probably the least religious of Hindu holidays. During Holi, Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water, and generally go a bit wild in the streets.

At Moravian, the program will begin with pooja (prayer) followed by aarti (offering to God), a short video depicting the Holi festival around the world. Participants will enjoy a light vegetarian lunch followed by playing of colors, if the weather is nice this will be done outside. “This will be a great cultural/religious event for the entire family to enjoy,” said Kerry Sethi, director of international studies at Moravian College. “This is a participatory event so get your singing voice out and join in the festivities.”

The event is sponsored by the International Club, Moravian Theological Seminary and the Indian American Association of the Lehigh Valley is co-sponsoring the event

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.