Few other events illustrate the richness of diversity that international students bring to the campus as well as the Indian Festival of Colors. The Hindu festival, called “Holi” in India, is observed at the end of the winter season and is a celebration of good over evil.
The most notable aspect of the festival and the thing that American students seem to enjoy the most is the tradition of throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. On March 31, students from India, the U.S. and many other countries gathered at the University Lake to celebrate the festival.
Dr. Ananda Jayawardhana, adviser for the Indian Student Association, said that in India, Holi is a time when normal barriers between people are taken down.
“If you are in the street, anyone can throw paint on you and it’s all right. On one day of the year everybody is equal.”
At PSU, the colored powders filled the air and by the end, nearly everyone had a good dowsing with water, as well.