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Holi Festival of Colors
Saturday, March 26, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree – $12
Celebrate this traditional Indian festival with entertainment, food, and color throwing!
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!
This event originated in 2018 with a neighbor who wanted to share her culture with the community. Read the story about it…
Vendors and entertainment:
- Powder throwing area ($10 advance/$12 door/ under age 5 free) (tickets)
- Spice Walla restaurant will be serving its Kathi Rolls (Indian wraps filled with protein, cilantro chutney and onions, wrapped in a thin grilled roti) all under $10.
- Dance to a blend of Bollywood, Bhangra, & EDM by DJ KP
- Jaipur Avenue Chai for sale
- Temporary henna tattoos with Viviane of Mehndivaviv ($5/$15)
- At 1PM – join Afsaana Dance for a performance and dance workshop (in the paid Color Zone area)
- Children’s arts & crafts with Hindi Time Kids ($12/kit)
Phinney Center lower parking lot, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 [Directions]
Color Zone Tickets:
Advance tickets are sold out! A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $12 (NOTE: DUE TO EXPECTED DEMAND WE WILL LIMIT TICKET PURCHASE TO 8 PER PERSON). Enter anytime between 12-3 pm.
Each ticket includes entrance to the color throwing area of the PNA Holi Festival and 5 color packets (more will be available for sale). Children age 5 & under do not need a ticket to enter and can get 2 complimentary color packets each.
Attendees can access the vendor and performance area without a ticket for free, registration is required only to enter the color throwing portion of the event.
- Tickets are $12 at the door. Kids 5 and under are free. (The fee supports the cost of putting on the festival)
- There is a pay-what-you-can option available
- With each ticket, you get five color packets (2 for kids age 5 and under) with the opportunity to buy more on-site. (Cash appreciated!)
Volunteering at Holi is a great service activity for high schoolers! They will even get double credit if they help with clean-up.
We’ve teamed up with Seattle T2P2 for a Women’s History Month period product drive. Donate boxes of pads and tampons at the festival to join us in celebrating all women. Let’s end period poverty together!
- 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 $2 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.
- Covid safety – Masks and proof of vaccination are required to gain entrance to the powder color throwing area of the event.
About the PNA
The PNA (Phinney Neighborhood Association) is a nonprofit organization serving Northwest Seattle with programs, events and classes for seniors, kids, and the whole community. Our mission is to build, engage and support our diverse community through programs, services and activities that connect neighbors and foster civic engagement. Learn more about us.
Thank you to our Holi event sponsor, Lunar Laundry!
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.