New Jersey: The New Brunswick Free Public Library will be celebrating its 8th annual Indian Holi Festival on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room. The performances will begin after remarks by Upendra J. Chivukula, Commissioner of the Board of Public Utility.
The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Mehndi, the Indian henna tattoo that is applied to the hands. This is a temporary tattoo that plays varied roles in Indian culture. After henna is applied and dries off, it leaves an ornate, brownish orange design which will stay on for a few days. From 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., there will be a display of regional dresses, an Indian jewelry display, children’s activities, free raffle, and music & dance performances by Rutgers students and Kalyanni Performing Arts Education. In addition, a variety of Indian food and delicacies will be provided for sampling. At the end of the program, Holi color play will take place on the library’s front lawn (weather permitting).
This program has been organized in conjunction with the Rutgers Indian Graduate Students Association (RIGSA), the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) and Kalyanni Performing Arts Education.
Update: 20 March, 2017