March 30, 2011 12:00AM
The Pittsburg State University Indian Student Association (ISA) will mark Holi, the spring Festival of Colors, with a free public celebration from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the University Lake.
Vidhi Kundalia, a member of the ISA, explained that Holi is a Hindu festival that in some locations lasts up to 16 days. Holi is observed at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month and is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.
One notable aspect of the celebration is that participants throw colored powder and colored water at each other. They also light bonfires on the eve of the festival in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burned but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without injury because of his unshakable devotion.