Holi, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love in a festival originating in India and celebrated in other parts of the world. This Hindu festival celebrates the arrival of spring, friendship, love, and the victory of good over evil. In the Caribbean, countries such as Guyana and Trinidad, celebrate Phagwah (pag-wah) with many of the same traditions including color powder play, bonfires, and public celebration.
For the last several years at BCM, we’ve hosted the biggest family party around in celebration of Holi with amazing music, dance, food marketplace, art-making and more. We’re beyond sad not to be able to celebrate live with the BCM community and our amazing artistic partners, but we hope you’ll check out the resources and links below and have your own home-based color party! And be sure to join us for next year’s Holi- spring of 2021!
Greetings during Holi
During Holi, people great each other by saying Holi Hai (pronounced “Holi Heh”, which means “It’s Holi!” in Hindi) or Rang Barse (Colors Shower) when we’re playing with colors.
To learn more about Holi’s traditions and origins watch this storytelling of the book Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal.
Sing with Falu is a GRAMMY nominated, internationally recognized artist known for seamlessly blending modern innovation with Indian classical vocal roots.
Highlights from Holi 2019
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS:
The Culture Tree
The Culture Tree promotes cultural literacy about South Asia through language classes and educational & cultural programs for children and their families to instill a deeper connection with their heritage and the world around them. Visit their site to learn more about The Culture Tree.
Ajna is a New York City based dance company created by dancer and choreographer Minila Shah to share artistic and authentic Indian dance with a global and diverse audience. The company specializes in both contemporary and classical Indian dance forms.
Ajna is also actively involved in immersing art and diversity in education and offers educational programming in schools (pre-K through University) through residencies, workshops, assemblies and after-school classes. In addition, Ajna also offers Indian dance classes in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, for children; sharing Indian dance and culture with the next generation.
You have seen Ajna on NBC, ABC’s Good Morning America, Viceland and on The Food Network. Their work has been presented at The Brooklyn Museum, The Rubin Museum and The United Nations. Other clients and partners include The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Google, Facebook, HSBC, Société Générale, S&P and Macy’s.
Ajna performance videos
Umani Studios/ Jai Jai Hooray
Jai Jai Hooray kicked off BCM’s celebration of Holi in 2018 and it has become a beloved festival since then. If you have access to an outdoor space, or a nearby park, you can have your own personal powder play party! Holi Hooray powder is available from Jai Jai Hooray via their website.