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Festival of Colors: Holi NYC







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Holi in India

Holi Phagwa is the Hindu festival of colors. It celebrates the coming of spring, fruitful harvests, unity, joy, and a tale from the Bhagavad Gita. It is traditional to celebrate by, among other things, throwing vibrantly colored powder (Holi Gulal) at one another. In addition to the throwing of colored powder it is traditional to light bonfires in celebration of the miraculous escape of a young devotee of the god Vishnu. A demon tried to throw him into a fire, but he escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion. (We of course, will be lighting no bonfires)

One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Holi closes the wide gaps between social classes and brings Hindus together. Together, the rich and poor, women and men, enjoy each other’s presence on this joyous day. Additionally, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects the decorum of normal life; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy.

We encourage you to learn as much as possible about this wonderful holiday and the stories/cultural underpinning behind it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holi is a good start, but their is a wealth of information to be had.




Holi in NYC

Event Info

Festival of Colors: Holi NYC is a joyous celebration of the coming of spring. It is a night of revelry full of DJs, bands, delicious food, and great people. It is a time when social barriers collapse, and all are united in joyful celebration. It is a time to throw vibrantly colored powder at your friends and strangers, and dance together as one huge colorful mass of beautiful people.

Q: What's the deal with this powder stuff?
A: You throw it at people, and (with their permission) rub it on their faces.

Q: Won't I get messy though?
A: Yes, YOU WILL GET MESSY. Please wear clothing that you won't be too stressed about if it gets colorful. The powder is designed not to stain, but its probably not the evening to be breaking out the white mink.

Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes. It's made from cornstarch and food dye. We ask that people refrain from throwing powder into people's eyes or mouth, but accidents do happen. If this worries you, you should consider wearing sunglasses and/or a bandana.

Q: Can I bring my own powder? what about paint?
A: Definitely not. Unfortunately we cannot verify that yours is safe like ours is.

Q: Will there be food or drink?
A: Yes. There will be a selection of delicious food trucks, and a cash bar.

Q: Can I bring my own refreshments?
A: Sorry, but no.

Q: What kind of music will there be?
A: We are still booking artists. However, if you want to get an idea, click on "Music" above to check out the music from previous years. This year we are going to have a slightly more band heavy beginning of the day, with a more electronic evening.

Q: Where is it?
A:

The Yard @ The Cultural Performing Arts Center
1020 E 48th Street | Brooklyn, NY




Music

2015


Branchez
Trap/Soul
New York City

Charcole Federation

New York City

The Golden Pony

New York City

Noah Bility

New York City

Quincy Vidal

New York City

Lucky Chops

New York City

The Skins

New York City

DJ Vic

New York City

MAKU SoundSystem

New York City

Hak (of Ratking)

New York City

2014


Sweater Beats

New York City

JUBILEE

New York City

Vensaire

New York City

Charcole Federation

New York City

Pirate Radio

New York City

Infinity Shred

New York City

EMEFE

New York City

The Golden Pony

New York City

Obey City

New York City

Adrian Lau

New York City

Noah Bility

New York City

Quincy Vidal

New York City

Taro

New York City

2013


Adrian Lau
Hip-Hop
New York City

Archie Pelago
Electro-Jazz
Brooklyn

Branchez
Trap/Soul
New York City

Gabe Nandez
Hip-Hop
Montreal

Jeet Zitar
Live/DJ
Mumbai

Perrion
Hip-Hop
New York City

Snatra
Hip-Hop
New York City

Strongbros
DJ Crew
New York City

The Illuzion
Hip-Hop
Brooklyn

The So So Glos
DIY Punk
Brooklyn

Viva Mayday
Raw Rock
New York City

Wati Heru
Hip-Hop
New York City

2012


Alex Lacey
Elliot Millet
Tim Erbach

Burgersundae
Moombahton
Singapore

Cosmal
Live Looper
New York City

Emacey
Electro House
Dallas

Grooveu
Nu Disco
New York City

Landon G. Case
Techo
North Carolina

Latitude Zero
Electro Disco
New York City

Sophia M.A.
TechHouseElectro
Brooklyn

Wodge Daddy
Vinyl Hip-Hop
New York City