Holi NYC

Holi at Solar One 2013
Solar 1 (East River just south of 23rd St. under FDR Drive, Manhattan)

Come to Solar One to celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, on Friday March 29.

For those who may be unfamiliar with Holi, it is the festival that marks the beginning of spring for thousands of the world’s Hindus. The main activity of the festival involves dressing up in white clothing and throwing colored powders at each other. Because the changes of weather in springtime are often believed to cause colds and fevers, traditional Holi powders were made with medicinal herbs to ward off illness. For Solar One’s Holi festival, we will be throwing colored powders, but they will be made with food coloring and rice flour so as to be as benign as possible. The powders may also be mixed with water to form a paste which participants smear on each other.

Holi originated in ancient Bengal as part of the veneration and worship of Lord Vishnu, the preserver diety of Hindu mythology. Holi is also closely associated with Vishnu’s avatar Krishna, who played holi games with the cow-herding girls (gopis) who were his companions during his childhood.

If you would like to join us at our Holi Party on Friday March 29th, check out the FAQs we have written below:

What should I wear?
For Holi, participants traditionally dress in white and expect to get colors thrown all over them! For our festival, expect to do the same! You can wear whatever you want, but remember that the clothes will be stained with food coloring that may be difficult to wash out. And dress warmly- temperatures on March 29 are forecast to be in the mid-40s.

Where can I wash off?
You’ll have to wait until you get home- Solar 1 does not have the facilities to provide a wash off place at the site. But we expect that the rice flour-food coloring combo will wash off pretty easily.

Are the colors safe?
We were having difficulty finding non-toxic colors, so we are making our own! The colors we are using for the event will be made out of food coloring and rice flour.

When should I arrive?
We will start throwing colors at 4:30 until 7:30. Even if the colors run out by the time you get there, we will continuing celebrating the festival with a Indian music dance party on the site!

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