Bollywood dancers have fun Columbia County Holi (Shade Day)

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People who’ve by no means visited a Hindu temple, in the event that they know of a Hindu vacation, it could be Holi, or the pageant of colors. This yr, it’s falling on March 16. Anybody fortunate sufficient to witness the celebration of Holi in individual cannot neglect making the celebrants snicker and throwing jewel-toned powder at one another. By the top of a celebration, everybody’s garments, pores and skin and hair shall be painted magenta, sapphire, emerald and gold.

The traditional holy day welcomes spring and new beginnings. Holi offers celebrateers an opportunity to forgive one another’s offenses, to rebuild bridges of friendship, and to satisfy new individuals who can turn out to be buddies. The pageant was born in India. The Indian diaspora introduced the spring pageant to continents world wide. The pandemic has led to the cancellation of many particular person gatherings. However gulal, a coloured powder often comprised of cornstarch and dye, can nonetheless be bought at native shops specializing in elements for Indian delicacies. And there is a Columbia County Zoom pageant, which everyone seems to be welcome to hitch in to take pleasure in Holi whereas studying about one other globally common phenomenon from India: Bollywood dance.

On Wednesday, March 16, from 6 to 7 p.m., New York Metropolis-based Ajna Dance Firm celebrates Holi with an interactive Zoom video presentation explaining the significance of the pageant. The hour features a dance efficiency, then an interactive Bollywood and Bhangra dance workshop for all ages and ranges of experience. (Ajna dance explains that Bhangra started way back as a vigorous folks dance in rural Punjab.) A member of a dance firm would reply questions from the viewers on the finish.

To obtain the Zoom hyperlink, contact the Head of the Roeliff Jansen Neighborhood Library by emailing

This program is sponsored by Millbrook, Stone Ridge, Tivoli, Pawling, Staatsburg, Hudson, Claverack and Roe Jan Libraries.

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