India Cultural Center invites the public to HoliFest at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich on Saturday, May 14 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
This community-wide celebration of Holi will feature music and dancing, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a huge color throw. Participants will receive several bags of color and the first 1,000 people to register will receive a white t-shirt to wear for the color throw.
Holi, also called the Festival of Colors, originated in India, and is celebrated in other countries in South Asia and increasingly in Europe and North America. An ancient Hindu religious festival, Holi is a national holiday in India and Nepal and marks the arrival of spring. The color throw or playing with color is the main event at HoliFest. “Holi is like a water fight with powdered color. It is one of the most fun events you can imagine” stated Margie French, Executive Director ICC. “Nothing quite matches the sheer joy and exuberance of the experience.”
The event is the third Holi celebration hosted by ICC in the Town of Greenwich, but this year marks the first official HoliFest. A festival for all ages, there will be more than just the color throw, with several activities for children such as Mehndi artists painting henna designs on hands or arms. In keeping with the Holi theme of the triumph of good over evil, kids 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, Stamford Indian restaurants will offer chaat (Indian street food), South Asian dosas, Indo-Chinese foods, and Indian flavored pizza. Longford’s Ice Cream truck will serve mango and pistachio ice creams along with kid-favorite flavors.
Originally planned for April 2020, but delayed two years in the wake of COVID, HoliFest 2022 has taken on a special meaning. “Holi is about new beginnings” stated Alka Thukral, President of the Board of ICC. “ICC invites families and friends of all ages, religions, and cultures to join in the fun.”
ICC would like to thank 2022 HoliFest Signature Sponsor, My Ivy Ally, an admissions counseling and tutoring service.
India Cultural Center 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. Programs are targeted towards both the Indian American diaspora and the community at large. https://www.iccgreenwich.org/
Support has been provided to India Cultural Center from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts from the Connecticut State Legislature.