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5 Things I Learned from the Asha Holi Festival

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

The Asha Holi Festival is an annual Indian festival that celebrates the arrival, vitality, and color of spring by having a huge paint fight. At this year’s event on Sandhill Fields, people got dirty, ate Indian food, and enjoyed a huge dance party. There’s nothing like spending a Sunday afternoon dancing in the sun covered in paint. But more than amusement, I learned life lesson’s from this year’s Holi.

1. No matter how pretty it is, do not taste the rainbow. I got a mouth full of pink today and the texture and flavor isn’t for everybody.

Blue skies and multicolored people.

2. Color is a viable alternative to clothes. I’m not referring to nudity here but paint powder did seem to replace tops for some people.

3. Apparently, the phrase “Happy Holi!” makes up for any form of overly intimate contact with strangers. Rub your face? Grab your shoulder? Just say that phrase and everything’s good.

4. Even though there were musical performances and the field was just as messy as most packed concert venues, the Holi Festival was not a rock concert. This means that most people will look at you like you’re insane if you randomly try to crowd surf or start a mosh pit at a packed festival.

5. Little kids are cute with guns. Squirt guns, of course. Or giant super soakers. Even if they’ve just shot you in the face, they’re so tiny that it makes everything okay.

Moral of the story: HAPPY HOLI!


Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

This year’s An Art Affair (Stanford’s largest student-organized arts festival) will be taking place in White Plaza this weekend, Saturday April 14th (6pm-Midnight), and Sunday April 15th (10am-4pm). Check out the tents going up in White Plaza!
An Art Affair is now in it’s 8th year, and is bigger than ever before. This year, the festival joined with Stanford Community Day (April 15th) as a celebration of the Stanford arts community.
Some new additions this year include:
A Workshop Stage for student groups to give workshops following their performance on the Main Stage, FREE gourmet FOOD for Stanford students from the Cooking Club, special guest performances by KENNY ENDO and STANFORD TAIKO and GAMO DA PAZ and KUUMBA AFRICAN DANCE AND DRUM ENSEMBLE, and an extended schedule spanning two days– moving the Stanford Soundtrack CD Release Party to Saturday night, and the general festivities to Sunday to coincide with Community Day.
Here’s what you can expect at An Art Affair:
Over 60 performances on three stages, over 200 peices of visual art and photography on display (in two tent galleries), 3,000 free copies of the Stanford Soundtrack CD, 11 workshops from student organizations, FREE FOOD (on both days!) for Stanford students with SUID, and tabling from arts groups — all to showcase the Stanford arts community in this annual celebration.
The festival is organized each year by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA). It is one of the largest and most ambitious student-organized events on campus, and is the biggest arts event of the year. Do not miss it!
Full Art Affair Program Details