USD International Students Bring Holy Festival of Color to Campus

Students celebrate the Holi Festival with color powder. USD students celebrate the Holi Festival.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota's Nepalese Student Association (NSA), in partnership with the Center for Diversity and Community (CDC) and the International Club, will host the Holi Festival for the second year in a row on campus to celebrate life and the victory of good over evil. The festival will be held April 17, rescheduled from April 12, from 2 - 5 p.m. outside Patterson Hall, in the field facing Burger King.

The Holi Festival is an ancient Hindu holiday celebrated mainly in Nepal and India. It is referred to as "festival of spring," the "festival of colors" or the "festival of love." The festival signifies the arrival of spring, the end of winter, the blossoming of love and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive and repair broken relationships.

“As a part of introducing USD students to foreign cultures and holidays, this festival will be a fun outdoor activity for everyone. There will be colors, water guns, Indian and Nepali snacks, food and drinks and obviously, music. You cannot miss it,” said Yuzina Subedi, business administration major and public relations and marketing director for NSA.

Find more information about the Holi Festival on the CDC Facebook page.

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