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Harmony, friendship color annual Holi Festival
Cross-cultural experience includes dance, live music
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Georgia Southern University hosted its version of the Holi Festival on campus Thursday. Also known as the "festival of colors" and the "festival of love," the Hindu celebration ushers in spring and features the tossing and smearing of vibrant colored powder by participants.

    The Holi Festival brought a visual display of unity and triumph to the campus of Georgia Southern University — and to Statesboro — on Thursday night.

    Holi is a traditional holiday that is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs, and is all about the triumph of good over bad. The festival is known for its display of colorful powders smeared over attendees as a mark of love and belonging. It is also a celebration of the coming of spring.

    The free event, which was open to students, faculty, staff and the community, was hosted by the Multicultural Student Center, the Office of International Programs and Services, and the South Asian Student Organization, which performed live music and dance as part of the celebration.


                "This cross-cultural experience develops openness and understanding toward other cultures," said Subrajit Saha, Ph.D., assistant professor of agroecology at GSU. "The festival of colors also brings a feeling of harmony, equality and friendship among students.”

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