Every spring semester in late March, the Indian Student Association (ISA) celebrates the Holi Festival, and this year was no exception. Last Saturday, students gathered on Prassel Lawn to enjoy Indian music and food, and to throw water and colored powder at each other.
Also known as â€œThe Festival of Colorsâ€ and â€œThe Festival of Love,â€ Holi was first brought to Trinity University in 1994 with the founding of the Asian Subcontinental Association, according to the Trinitonian archives. The Holi Festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
â€œHoli celebrates the arrival of spring and its beautiful colors, while saying goodbye to winter,â€ said Pooja Bollampally, president of ISA.
ISA didnâ€™t let this yearâ€™s rainy weather stop them from celebrating Holi at Trinity. However, planning and advertising were no easy feats.
â€œThis was planned about a month or two ago,â€ said Subrat Mahapatra, a member of ISA. â€œWe brought food from India Palace, brought the color from Houston and we have one of our members as our DJ here. We hung posters in Mabee and Coates, we made a Facebook group and we made a trailer of sorts on the page.â€
The team put a lot of extra thought into the event and advertising this year.
â€œWe also placed table tents and posters around campus. We prepared for this event by purchasing colored powder, or â€˜rung,â€™ as well as popular Indian snack items, such as samosas and pakora, for our attendees to enjoy,â€ Bollampally said. â€œFor the first time this year, we had a DJ play popular Bollywood music to create an enjoyable atmosphere.â€
The Holi festivalâ€™s main attraction centers on the traditional throwing of colors, something that students at Trinity seem to really enjoy.
â€œIâ€™ve been to the event before,â€ said Ivan Mireles, a sophomore. â€œThis is my second time here. Itâ€™s so much fun!â€
The students who showed up in white T-shirts were quickly covered in colors.
â€œIt is a day full of celebration, fun and color,â€ Bollampally said. â€œWe are so proud and excited to continue bringing such an integral part of Indian culture to Trinity.â€