Area students and community will jointly celebrate the lively Holi festival at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) campus on Saturday, April one.Jointly organized by India Association of Northern Nevada (IANN) and International Club of UNR, it will be held at Manzanita Bowl on the Campus. In case of rain/snow, it will be moved to Student Services Building of UNR, according to Navgeet Zed, President of International Club. It will include spraying colors, games, East Indian music and East Indian snacks, and will be held from 11 am to one pm. All are welcome to this free event.According to Rajan Zed, Public Relations Officer of IANN and area chaplain, participants sprinkle powdered colors and squirt brightly colored liquids at each other at Holi, which is the most joyful of East Indian festivals. This joie de vivre festival welcomes the beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon of Phalguna. Holi was once a fertility festival of undetermined aboriginal origin, and still retains its ancient characteristics. The ceremonies also include the lighting of the bonfires, during which all evils are symbolically burnt, and dancing in the streets. Holi carnival also commemorates the frolics of youthful Krishna; celebrates the death of demoness Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama by Shiva. In ancient Sanskrit literature, it has been mentioned as ‘Spring Festival’ and ‘Passion Festival’. People of various social strata embrace each other on this occasion.

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