Indian Americans gathered this past weekend to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors. After subdued celebrations in the past two years, this year’s festivities had all the fixings of Holi —family, friends, music and lots of food.
From backyards to homes and from parks to temples and community centers, Indian Americans got into the festive spirits as Bollywood music blasted in the background. In the U.S., the festival is more of a social event, where people of all religions come together to celebrate and feast on Holi specialties like ghujiya, bhujiya, malpua, matthi, and puran poli and thandai.
All across America, spring-like weather prompted many like Mamta Thakur of South Brunswick, New Jersey, to host friends to mark the occasion. Dressed in white, friends gathered in the backyard of their home. In Portland, Oregon, Rasika Savkar celebrated with family and friends.
The largest Holi celebrations are held each year at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. This year the celebrations will be held on March 26 and 27.
Vice President Kamala Harris took to Twitter to send her Holi greetings. “Today is a day celebrating joy, positivity, and coming together through vibrant colors. To the South Asian community and those who celebrate–happy Holi!”
Similarly lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Congressman Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congresswoman Judy Chu among others greeted Indian-Americans and Hindus across the world on the occasion of the festival of colors and said that Holi celebrates love and the triumph of good over evil.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also sent his greetings on the occasion. “Wishing everyone celebrating Holi a vibrant beginning to spring. Here’s to spreading the joy of color with these beautiful images,” Cook said in a tweet as he posted several pictures of the festival of color.
Bollywood actress Preity Zinta celebrated the festival with her husband Gene Goodenough and family and friends with much gaiety. She took to her Instagram handle and gave fans a sneak-peek into her ‘desi’ Holi bash. This year’s Holi marked the duo’s first Holi after becoming parents.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her husband Nick Jonas, also new parents, celebrated Holi.”To be able to find some joy at a time when the world feels so scary is such a blessing,” Chopra, 39, captioned one post. “Happy Holi everyone. Thank you to our friends and family for playing Holi like Desi’s do! Feeling blessed.” She and Jonas, 29, shared a kiss in one cute video while covered in different colors.