Students to colour campus with Holi
Published on 5 March 2019
University of Dundee students are getting ready to colour their campus as they celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colours
The celebration, which takes place on Saturday 9th March, is being organised by the University of Dundee Indian Society (UDIS) in collaboration with Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA).
More than 400 participants, including staff and members of the public, are expected to attend the festivity.
Holi, which signifies the triumph of good over evil, correlating with the passing of winter, usually takes place later in March in India. However, in order to fully celebrate their festival ahead of exams, the students have planned to host the event earlier.
Nitya Nair, a second-year Medicine student originally from Kerala in the south of India, said, “Holi makes me feel way more at home. It gave me such a great sense of comfort when I first came to Dundee.
“Holi is a happy, homely festival for everyone to enjoy and we cannot wait to share that feeling with everyone in Dundee.”
Mandar Tamhane, from Mumbai, now a second-year Computing student said he was thrilled to help bring this year’s celebrations to life as he had seen previous videos of Holi in Dundee online whilst applying to University.
He said, “Seeing that the University allows such a colourful celebration on such a big scale was really surprising. I was delighted to see it happen because not a lot of universities do it.
“Holi promotes inclusion and togetherness between people of all backgrounds. Eventually, everyone begins to appear as one, all part of this vibrant spectrum of colour. It is beautiful to see first-hand.
Holi paint is washable, non-toxic, biodegradable and child-friendly, but children attending the celebrations must be supervised by an adult.
The event will take place on Saturday 9th March, with tickets already selling fast, those interested can book a place here.
Image: Mohammed Nadat
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