India diaspora celebrates Holi every year with much fervour. This year, a New-York based cultural organization is set to celebrate Holi with many colorful festivities, including a puppet show, art activities, and Indian dance workshops. The festivities are to commemorate the Indian festival of colours and spread awareness among different communities about Indian culture.
The Culture Tree, which works to promote cultural literacy about South Asia and New York City’s cultural epicentre, The Seaport, would host the Holi celebrations on March 19.
The array of Holi festivities, aimed at celebrating the festival and teaching the community about Indian culture, will feature a puppet show, art activities, and an Indian dance workshop and performance.
“As a cultural educator, I am always looking forward to providing children with authentic, immersive and inspiring experiences. In our Holi celebration, we will bring to life the festivities of one of the most fun festivals and bring the community together. Through events like this, we can offer cross-cultural exposure that can help shape knowledgeable, open-minded and respectful individuals, while also offering ways in which children and families from the diaspora can connect with and celebrate their heritage,” Founder and President of The Culture Tree Anu Sehgal told PTI.
The Culture Tree said that the puppet show, ‘Colors of Krishna’s Love’, highlights “one of the most beloved stories from Krishna’s childhood, that of engaging in games and antics with his friends and family, including his friends Radha and Sudama.”
The puppet show will highlight “these beautiful moments from Krishna’s life and celebrate unconditional love and friendship.”
A colourful and vibrant dance performance inspired by a mix of Bollywood, folk and semi-classical choreography, paired with popular songs on Holi, an energetic and engaging Holi inspired Bollywood and Bhangra dance lesson for the children and parents are also in the line-up planned by The Culture Tree for the celebration, expected to be attended by hundreds of people.
The organization said visitors would also be able to sample traditional Indian cuisine enjoyed during this annual festival and purchase Holi colours and books to continue the festivities at home.