India Cultural Center Invites Community to HoliFest Celebration and Color Throw at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park
The Indian Cultural Center invites the public to HoliFest at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich on Saturday May 14 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This community-wide celebration of Holi will include music and dancing, children’s activities, food vendors and a huge color toss. Participants will receive several colored bags and the first 1,000 registrants will receive a white t-shirt to wear for the colored throw.
Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, originated in India and is celebrated in other South Asian countries and increasingly in Europe and North America. An ancient Hindu religious holiday, Holi is a national holiday in India and Nepal and marks the arrival of spring. Color throwing or playing with color is the main event of HoliFest. “Holi is like a water fight with powdered color. It’s one of the most fun events you can imagine,” said ICC CEO Margie French. quite to the sheer joy and exuberance of the experience.”
The event is the third Holi celebration organized by ICC in the city of Greenwich, but this year marks the first official HoliFest. A festival for all ages, it won’t just be color throwing, with several activities for children like Mehndi artists painting henna designs on hands or arms. In keeping with the Holi theme of good over evil triumphing, children will paint rocks as part of the Kindness Rocks project. They can also dress up as Krishna and Radha from the legend of Holi.
Dhabewala Indian Shack and Tawa, Indian restaurants in Stamford will offer chaat (Indian street food), South Asian dosas, Indochinese dishes and Indian flavored pizzas. Longford’s ice cream truck will serve mango and pistachio ice creams as well as kids’ favorite flavors.
Originally scheduled for April 2020, but delayed by two years in the wake of COVID, HoliFest 2022 has taken on a special meaning. “Holi is a new beginning,” said Alka Thukral, Chair of the ICC Board of Directors. “ICC invites families and friends of all ages, religions and cultures to join in the fun.”
ICC would like to thank HoliFest 2022 signature sponsor, My Ivy Ally, an admissions counseling and tutoring service.
cultural center of india is a non-profit organization that celebrates the arts and culture of India. Its mission is to foster inclusion by educating and engaging the community in Indian culture. The programs are intended for both the Native American diaspora and the community as a whole. https://www.iccgreenwich.org/
Support was provided to the Indian Cultural Center of CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts of the Connecticut State Legislature.