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*CANCELED* Holi Festival of Colors 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree – $12
Due to the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the PNA has decided to cancel Holi. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and care for the entire PNA community.
Ticket prices will be refunded fully within 5-10 business days. If you have questions regarding refunds from Brown Paper Tickets, please reach out to them directly. Contact information can be found here.
Questions about Holi can be directed to [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding and support of the PNA.
P.S. Love Holi and want to help keep us strong during this uncertain time? Consider donating the cost of your ticket back to the Phinney Neighborhood Association. Donate here.
Celebrate this traditional Indian festival with entertainment, food, and a fun color fight!
Holi – “the festival of color” or “the festival of love” – celebrates spring, connection, and the triumph of good over evil. (Read more about Holi, below)
Come join in this raucous celebration, where people will chase each other around, throwing handfuls of colored powders.
Folks from all religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ages are welcome!
Food will be provided by The Roll Pod and chai by The Chai Lady. Details on entertainment and activities to come!
This event originated in 2018 with a neighbor who wanted to share her culture with the community. Read the story about it…
- Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 day of the event. Kids 5 and under are free. (The fee supports the cost of putting on the festival)
- A pay-what-you-can option is available
- With each ticket, you get two color packets, with the opportunity to buy more on-site. (Cash appreciated!)
Phinney Center lower parking lot, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 [Directions]
- Dress – Wear something comfortable and bring layers for cold. Wear something that you are willing to ruin. Colors are messy and may stain. If you want an event souvenir, wear a white t-shirt and later soak it in vinegar to preserve/fix the color.
- Additional color packets will be available for purchase for $1 per packet. Cash appreciated!
- Food – will be available for purchase through food trucks. Bring cash.
- Restrooms – People can use the bathrooms in the brick building but we will place plastic to keep building clean.
- Parking – Limited on-site free parking is available. Carpool is recommended, as the overflow parking lot is where we will be celebrating, and food trucks will take up some of the lower lot.
- Outside items – Please do not bring outside color, paint ball guns, water guns, and water balloons. Pets are not recommended. No alcohol is allowed at this family friendly event.
- Clean up – Colors are cornstarch-based and safe natural colors. They can be dusted off. No water will be available at the event for wash up, but soap and water at home can finish your clean up. We recommend applying a moisturizer to skin, coating your hair with a small amount of coconut or olive oil before the event and wearing sunglasses. Bring a garbage bag or towel to protect your car on the way home.
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More about Holi
Holi is a Hindu spring festival that signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring, the victory of good over evil, fertility, color, love, laughter, forgetting and forgiving. Holi means “burning” in Hindi. Holi is a two-day festival – Holika Dahan and Holi with colors.
Holika Dahan is celebrated the night before Holi itself. Mythology says that it’s a legend of Hiranyakashipu, a demon king, with whom the celebration of Holi is associated. A pyre was lit and Holika, the king’s sister, sat on it with the king’s son Prahalad in her lap. Holika had a boon, whereby she could enter fire unscathed. Yet at the end, Prahalad emerged unscathed by fire and Holika was burned to ashes. Even today people burn bonfires made of waste articles from the house, grains and stalks from the harvest, wood and cow dung, while everyone shouts “Holi Hai! Holi Hai!” The intention is to cleanse the home and body and burn the spirits of evil.
The next morning, people gather in public spaces and take part in Colorful Holi. This is a raucous affair where people chase each other throwing colors at one another while everybody shouts “Boora Na Mano Holi Hai” which means “Do not mind! It’s Holi!”
Mythology also draws on the legend of Lord Krishna and Radha. Krishna loved Radha but felt self- conscious about how different their skin colors were. So on the advice of his mother, he went and playfully painted her face so it was the same color as his.
Holi is a time when friends, families, and communities come together to celebrate the victory of the dissolution of bad spirits, burning of bad karma and bad feelings, removing negative thoughts and cleansing our consciousness.
So let’s start throwing colors on each other because “Boora Na Mano Holi Hai!”
-Thanks to Holi committee member Anushree Nagar for this information.
Scenes from the inaugural 2018 event; video thanks to Martin Campbell and Robert Callero.