Preview Holi Competition’s return to Baton Rouge this Saturday

Music, dance and plenty of shade will mingle in Repentance Park this Saturday as Holi Competition makes its triumphant return to Baton Rouge.

This weekend’s festivities, organized by nonprofit group Colours of the World Inc., might be Holi Competition’s second occasion within the Purple Stick following a profitable inaugural occasion in 2019 and two years of COVID-19-related postponements.

In accordance with Manisha Patel, president of Colours of the World, that first occasion was organized after she acknowledged a need inside Baton Rouge’s Indian neighborhood to rejoice the normal Hindu competition proper right here within the Capital Metropolis.

“Holi is a large vacation in India, and there are a number of of us within the Indian neighborhood who needed to do one thing, however no person ever pulled the set off,” Patel stated. “So we determined to see what we might do.”

Attendees on the inaugural Holi Competition in 2019.

For these unfamiliar, Holi is an historical Hindu competition, often known as the “Competition of Colours” or the “Competition of Love,” celebrating the arrival of spring and the blossoming of affection. Vibrant colours are an iconic factor of the celebrations.

Patel stated she solely anticipated a pair hundred festival-goers for the 2019 occasion, however the precise turnout far exceeded these expectations with over 500 attendees. She’s optimistic that Saturday’s celebration might be equally profitable.

Holi Competition attendees can anticipate music from DJ Volcanic, conventional and Bollywood dance performances, henna artwork, face portray and, in fact, plenty of shade. Admission to the family-friendly occasion is freed from cost. Powdered shade packets, foods and drinks might be out there for buy, with a portion of the proceeds straight benefiting the World India Basis, the Three O’Clock Challenge and the Vince Ferachi Group Backyard.

“We’re thrilled to current such a enjoyable and thrilling occasion that celebrates the cultural range of our neighborhood,” Patel stated. “Come and expertise one thing you haven’t skilled earlier than.”

Holi Competition is ready to happen on Saturday, March 12, from 2 to five p.m. at Repentance Park in downtown Baton Rouge, situated between the Previous State Capitol and the Elevating Cane’s River Middle.

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