At the Two Rivers YMCA, we are a Diverse, Inclusive, and Globally Engaged YMCA, and always looking for areas of opportunity to bring awareness, connect communities, and celebrate different dimensions of diversity. In March, all around the world, colors are bursting into the air to celebrate the festival of Holi, a traditional Indian/ethnic festival that signifies the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. The arrival of spring marks the start of this event known as the “festival of colors,” and this year the Spring Equinox and Holi fall on March 28th - March 29th, 2021.
To celebrate, we've set up a selfie station in the main lobby from Monday, March 22 - Friday, March 26th. Educational & coloring sheets are also available to take home.
We understand and value the importance of creating a cultural lens for youth development. Students in our Preschool & After-School Care programs learned about this in the celebration of Holi with temporary Henna Tattoos & Gulal. [see pictures below!]
Henna Tattoo: The art of applying henna to the hands and feet is known as Mehndi, and is traditionally used for celebrations and rites of passage associated with positive spirits and good luck. Every culture and region of the world uses henna tattoos in its own unique way.
Gulal: (Hindi: गुलाल) is the traditional name given to the colored powders used in celebration of the Holi festival.
Check out these fun videos to learn more about Holi
Story Time & Read Along!
Let's make being multicultural, fun! Holi is the Festival of Colors from India. Read along with Ms. Ajanta to learn about why and how Holi is celebrated in India.
What is Holi Festival?
Kids in Australia tell us about the fun, colorful celebration of Holi.
Get an Up-Close Look
See the colorful festival in action as covered by The National Geographic.