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Festival of Holi – Bath Spa University

Students and staff celebrate the festival of Holi

Wednesday, 27 March, 2024

This week, over 30 Bath Spa University students and staff joined together to celebrate the Festival of Holi at BSU’s Newton Park Campus.

One of the most widely celebrated festivals in India, Holi marks the beginning of spring and celebrates love, colours and the arrival of the new season.

At BSU, we brought the feeling of Holi to our own doorstep, with colour throwing and a dinner on the agenda.

The event, which took place in the University’s 150-seater outdoor amphitheatre, was arranged by the BSU Student’s Union and invited students and staff from all backgrounds to join in the festivities.

A group of students taking a selfie at a Festival of Holi event

Bath Spa University Chaplain Katy Garner said about the event:

“Holi is a popular and significant Hindu festival celebrated as the Festival of Colours, Love, and Spring. It celebrates the eternal and divine love of the deities Radha and Krishna. For the SU and the Chaplaincy, we are really keen to celebrate events that help other be curious about differing world views. It helps us all understand one another better.”

One of the most iconic elements of the traditional Hindu festival is colour throwing, with students and staff coming together to welcome in the new season.

The paint used during the throwing was made in India, supporting the local economies there and also connecting the University with the people celebrating in India. All of the colours are made from Corn starch. Corn starch is natural and renewable, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Afterwards, the Bath Spa University Asian Network hosted a social event and dinner in the SU bar, inviting students to meet new friends and enjoy some delicious food.

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