Holi Festival 2014: Bring color to the Philippines
MANILA, Phlippines – For the 2nd year in a row, Asia Society Philippines, together with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce, SingIndia Music of the Soul, and Indian Ladies Club, are bringing the Holi experience to Manila on Sunday, March 16, at the SM Mall of Asia by the Bay.
The Holi Festival is celebrated in more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and South America. The festival is uniquely characterized by the throwing and applying of colored powder or gulal. The throwing of gulal up in the air and at each other symbolizes friendship, unity, and a sense of revelry.
The color play is also a commemoration of the great love of Krishna and Radha, hence Holi is sometimes known as the Festival of Love.
Hundreds of people gather on the streets to throw colored powder, play instruments, dance, and participate in merrymaking activities. Attendees can look forward to a nonstop show featuring Bhangra, Bollywood, and Belly dancers, various singing acts, drummers, and a live DJ from 4 pm to 8 pm. There will also be games, Indian food booths, and the opportunity to sample traditional Holi delicacies such as thandai.
During Holi, there is no distinction between age, race or class. Enemies, friends, and strangers alike come together to celebrate this joyous festival. A common saying heard during Holi is “Bura na Mano, Holi hai!” (Don’t feel offended, it’s Holi!).
Tickets are now available at a pre-selling price of P150, and can be bought on site for P200. Tickets include entrance, colored powder, and samples of traditional Holi delicacies. For ticket inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or look for Marge at 550-2612 / 810-8983.
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