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March 15, 2016 > Holi - Festival of Colors

Holi - Festival of Colors

Submitted By Festival of Globe

Holi is a great festive occasion to celebrate and inundate each other with a rainbow of colors. Join thousands of people to spread cheer and enjoy delicious food, dazzling musical and cultural extravaganza, kids water games, raffle prizes, and dance to the beats of Desi Dhol. It is also an opportune time to renew friendships and make new ones as the entire gathering morphs into a huge family celebration.
An ancient Indian festival, Holi celebrates Hindu legends while rejoicing in the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. While based in religious tradition, the holiday has become a popular event that welcomes all to participate in a celebration of brotherhood.

Federation of Indo-Americans (FIA) of Northern California, Fremont Hindu Temple, and Festival of Globe (FOG) announce their 39th Holi festival celebration on a grand scale. Building on previous successes and huge response, this year's Festival of Colors will be celebrated on Saturday, March 19 at Dixon Landing Park in Milpitas. People from all over California are expected to participate in the festivities along with many dignitaries and community leaders.

Dr. Romesh Japra, FIA President and Founder &Convener of FOG said, "Fremont Holi has over the years played an important role in keeping our culture alive and inculcating pious values in our youngsters. With a new and bigger location, Holi this year promises to be a much more enjoyable experience for the families and friends alike. I invite everyone to participate in this festival with their friends and family."

Festival spokesperson Ritu Maheshwari said, "This year thousands of families, devotees and community members are expected to participate with great enthusiasm. In order to reduce pollution, skin irritants, and make the festival environment friendly, Holi will feature biodegradable and skin-friendly colors."

If this is your first Holi, here are a few tips to a better Holi experience: Wear white or a light colored shirt Ð Holi colors look better that way. Apply light cream to your face to help remove colors easily. Cover your car seat to avoid smudges from Holi colors. It's OK to apply color to anyone out there while wishing "Happy Holi." It's a good way to make friends!

For more information contact Ritu Maheshwari at (510) 304-5619 or visit Sulekha.com/FOG.
The admission ticket (online special) is $5 and group of 10 or more is $4 each that includes one free color for each ticket.

Other local organizations will also be observing the holiday; Rajasthan Association of North America (RANA) celebrates with vibrant hues, refreshing Thandai, delicious Rajasthani food, live DJ, dance and much more on March 26. Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar hosts three events: Holikotsav on March 22, Dhuleti March 26, and Dolotsav March 27.

FOG Holi
Saturday, Mar 19
Noon Ð 6:00 p.m.
Dixon Landing Park
1771 Milmont Dr, Milpitas
(510) 304-5619
Sulekha.com/FOG
Tickets: $5 online, $10 at the gate; kids under 5 are free

Holikotsav
Tuesday, Mar 22
6:00 p.m. Ð 8:30 p.m.
Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar
25 Corning Ave, Milpitas
(408) 489-7361
Bayvp.org
Cost: $5 offering donation; nominal cost for dinner

Dhuleti
Saturday, Mar 26
11:30 a.m. Ð 2:30 p.m.
Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar
25 Corning Ave, Milpitas
(408) 586-006
Bayvp.org
Free entrance

RANA Holi Celebrations
Saturday, Mar 26
11:00 a.m. Ð 3:00 p.m.
Cardoza Park
Kennedy Dr, Milpitas
(408) 359-7262
www.rana.org
Tickets: $18 adults, $13 kids 5-12 yrs; $15 member adults, $10 member kids

Dolotsav
Sunday, Mar 27
3:00 p.m. Ð 6:00 p.m.
Bay Area Youth Vaishnav Parivar
25 Corning Ave, Milpitas
(408) 480-3127
Bayvp.org
Call for cost

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