East Texas Hindus set to celebrate Holi

Published on Friday, 14 March 2014 22:45 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Holi, the annual Hindu and Indian holiday, begins Monday, and will be celebrated by Indians of East Texas with an event on March 23 at Tyler State Park.

“Holi has a wide variety of meanings,” said Smita Prasad, organizers with Indians of East Texas. “India is an agricultural society, and this festival is most known for celebrating spring and praying to the gods for a good harvest.”

But mostly, the celebration is known for its use of colored powder, which people throw into the air or at each other, making a multicolored display.

The event will be held in the “Group Picnic 3” area of the park.

Lunch will be served from 12 to 2 p.m. Lunch consists of barbeque and a traditional Holi meal called Pao Bhai: vegetable sandwiches with Indian seasoning.

The Holi color and water festivities will begin at the end of lunch.

There will be games and a playground nearby available for children, and attendees are encouraged to bring Frisbees, footballs and other things to play with.

Admission is $5 per person (not including the cost to get into the park). Lunch, drinks, and Holi play colors will be provided.