Holi back with splash of color
Towson’s South Asian Student Association brought a splash of color to Towson’s usually black and gold campus Saturday in its second annual Holi Festival.
The festival is an Indian tradition celebrating the coming of spring.
The actual Holi run (similar to the extremely popular Color Run) made up the first half of the event. Runners jogged around campus while volunteers threw colored powder at various stations along the route.
Participants then came together on Newell field to enjoy Indian food, a live DJ and a Bollywood performance from the South Asian Students Association’s dance team.
Towson’s Holi Festival has done nothing but improve over time with the addition of Indian foods this year, Rohan Mandaiker, a SASA member who helped plan the event, said.
“This year we really wanted to focus on more cultural food and more cultural music,” Mandaiker said.
Two classic Indian dishes were served: samosas (fried dough stuffed with potatoes, peas, and spices) and gulaab jamun (a dessert comparable to a donut hole rolled in cinnamon and syrup).
Mandaiker said the event had an overall turnout of about 250 people.
“A lot of new people have shown up, new faces,” Mandaiker said. “It’s been excellent to have the whole school really get involved in this and not just one fraction of a particular group.”
Event planner Chanda Kumar said that those who did not attend this year’s Holi Festival will have the chance next year.
“A lot of people have come up and told me that it was so much fun and that they’d love to come again next year,” Kumar said. “We definitely will be having it next year too.”