Get ready for the Indian festival of spring. The 6th Annual ‘Holi Hai!’ festival, organized by NYC Bhangra, is a family-friendly street fair with dancing, food and more, on Saturday, May 2nd. As always, it takes place at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, from 11am to 6pm.
The celebration includes smearing folks with colorful vegetable pigments and eating laddoos, a traditional Indian sweet.
Holi is a celebration that dates back many centuries to Indian mythology. During Holi, colorful powders of red, green, purple, orange, and more, are smeared on each other in a playful manner to celebrate spring.
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NYC Bhangra will have a stage of dance performances and a DJ mixing the best of Holi’s dance music. In addition to food and sweets, vendors will sell henna art, and colored Holi powders.
Traditionally, everyone comes dressed in old, comfortable white clothes, intended to be discarded as they act as a canvas for the colorful artwork that eventually drapes them. Some Holi veterans try to be artful dodgers as they play and aim to see who can keep their clothes white the longest.
The annual Holi Hai! festival attracts as many as 10,000 people. Event website.
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photo courtesy NYC Bhangra