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Moravian College to Celebrate India’s Holi Day Tradition

Holi DayBethlehem, Pa., March 13, 2013—Moravian College’s International Club will celebrate the Indian Holi Day tradition on Sunday, March 17, in the Bahnson Center. Holi Day is an ancient festival of India where a carnival of colors and community come together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil and the traditions of ancient spring rituals. The religious celebration remembers the story of the saintly Prahlad overcoming the Demoness Holika.

During the festival, people dance and sing traditional folk songs. Children throw water-filled balloons at the crowd in the streets. Then, evenings are much calmer, with time spent visiting relatives and friends.

This is the fourth annual Holi Day at Moravian. “Holi Day is meant to enhance the college experience through participation in cultural events reflecting the world we live in,” noted Kerry Sethi, Director of International Studies, whose office is sponsoring the events.

The celebration begins with the Pooja/Prayer at 11 a.m. in the Bahnson Center at Moravian Theological Seminary. A cultural program begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:15 p.m. The tradition Holi of spreading a mixture of powdered colors in hair and on clothing will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact the Office of International Studies at 610-625-7777.

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.