Holi – The Festival of Colors
Last Saturday’s gathering on the MAC Quad was an emotional rainbow. Over 200 students from across Harvard united to celebrate the festival of Holi with vibrant colors, festive sweets and friendly games. Spring’s first warm rays pierced the cold air in Cambridge on the lovely afternoon of March 26th to set the perfect stage. Students and partners from HBS joined undergrads and graduate students at Winthrop House for a delicious Indian lunch. But the fraternity soon turned into friendly rivalry as games of Kabaddi unfolded between juniors and seniors, and undergrads versus grads. The matches grew to a fever pitch until at last revelers streamed onto the quad to face each other, armed with packs of multi-colored “rang” (color) laid on the ground. Under this canopy of hues amid unrecognizable faces, only smiles were visible.
Holi is the festival of colors celebrated around the world to mark the onset of spring. Like most Hindu festivals, Holi’s beginnings are stories signifying the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. Today, the festival serves to dissolve societal differences as all gather together in celebration and apply rang to each other’s faces, share sweets and spread good cheer. Holi is also an occasion to forgive past differences and start new beginnings with a splash of color, literally!
This year’s Holi celebration was the inaugural event of the newly launched HBS Dharma Club, in collaboration with Harvard Dharma and GSAS. HBS Dharma, open to all, brings together the cultural and religious interests of Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist members of the HBS community. Apart from organizing major religious festivals like Holi, HBS Dharma also strives to fulfill the spiritual needs and interests of the community through various events including talks, yoga and meditation sessions and temple visits.
Reena Gautam is the Co-President of HBS Dharma Club