Celebrating Holi!

Project RISHI Riverside brings the community together by celebrating the Festival of Colors.

In order to previously raise money, we usually hold small fundraisers at nearby restaurants or on our campus, but this time our special events team wanted to add some color to our typical fundraisers. After months of attending meetings and organizing vendors, Project RISHI proudly hosted UCR’s first ever Holi event on Saturday, March 8th. The event took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Sports Complex field. The festival of colors is one of the most anticipated annual festivals in India, marking the end of winter and the coming of spring. Although, now it has become incorporated into Western culture as well, such as The Color Run. Participants are doused in a variety of different colors, and range from traditional temple rituals to modern parties. The festival is originally meant to bridge the social gap between different communities and bring out the child in all of us. This event kicked off with Bollywood hits from DJ Ewock and also included henna art and an information booth where students could learn how to get involved with the organization. The colors used were environmentally friendly and biodegradable and provided by Color Blaze 5K. After a fun-filled and boisterous affair, participants enjoyed some delicious pizza and warm samosas as the afternoon winded down.

The turnout for this event was incredible, with over 200 people in attendance! The proceeds from this event will be directed towards a future developmental project in Pariej, a village in Gujarat, India. Creating such a successful event would not have been possible without the cooperation and dedication of our executive team here at UCR, various vendors, UCR, and most definitely the support of our friends and family. We hope to see continual support and we hope to put on similar events in the near future!

UCR student, Herman Sangha, dances along to the beats of DJ Ewock

Authors: Rajvee Sanghavi and Anuja Bhagat

Originally published at www.projectrishi.org.