Holi 2019: Balam Pichkari!
SangamSD, AIGS, and ISA are excited to present Holi 2019: Balam Pichkari, UC San Diego’s largest annual Holi festival of colors!
WHERE: UCSD MARSHALL FIELD
WHEN: APRIL 14, 2019
TIME: 12:00PM – 2:30PM
FREE colors and FREE food (provided by San Diego's very own Sitar Indian Cuisine), as well as great music by live DJ Vik, and A LOT MORE! Please wear clothing you are okay with getting color on!
SIGNIFICANCE OF HOLI:
Holi (होली) is a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or “festival of love.” The festival celebrates the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and the end of winter, and for many a chance to meet others and to express the freedom and color in everyday life.
There is a legend behind why Holi is celebrated this way. The ancient evil King of Multan (मुल्तान), Hiranyakashipu (हिरण्यकशिपु) , considered himself almighty and invincible, and as a result demanded that everyone worship only him. His son, Prahlad (प्रहलाद) disagreed with his father’s ways, and refused to surrender to his father’s ways. This infuriated Hiranyakashipu, thus he subjected Prahlad to cruel painful punishments which did not affect Prahlad’s resolve to stand up for justice, against his father. Seeing this, Hiranyakashipu and his evil sister (Prahlad’s aunt), Holika (होलिका), came up with a plan to take Prahlad’s life. Holika who had been gifted a fireproof cloak convinced young Prahlad to sit on her lap on a pyre, while she wore the cloak. As Prahlad took seat in her lap, Holika secretly lit them both on fire, hoping to burn Prahlad to death. As fate would have it, wind blew the cloak off of Holika and encased Prahlad, consequently taking Holika’s life and allowing Prahlad to survive. Witnessing this, an enraged Hiranyakashipu took his own life, effectively surrendering to Prahlad. Proud citizens of the kingdom celebrated the victory of their hero, Prahlad, by throwing Holika’s ashes around as a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
The festival has come to be known as Holi, a name derived from the defeat of the evil Holika, while colored powdered has, over time, come to be used instead of ashes. Today, we celebrate Holi with colors, joy, and warmth, as it signifies and celebrates the original victory of Prahlad. A victory which sends the message that fate will always side with those who are determined to stand up for justice, just as Prahlad did.
Join us in celebrating the freedom and color in everyday life!
Bring your friends, roommates, and family to join us in celebrating this COLORFUL and MEMORABLE festival! This is truly an exciting event - we hope to see you there!
SangamSD Executive Board
Indian Students Association - UCSD
Association of Indian Graduate Students