The India Cultural Center of Greenwich (ICC) will celebrate Holi at the Second Congregational Church on Sunday, April 7th with a family concert, South Asian food and pizzas, and a color throw. The event will mark the first celebration of Holi in the Town of Greenwich.
Children will learn about Holi, how it is celebrated, and about the Indian instruments and music to be performed by Roopa Mahadevan on vocals, Anjna Swaminathan on the violin and Shivalik Goshal on the tabla. An after-concert dinner of samosas, dosas, sambar, lassi and pizza will be served. Following dinner, the beginning of spring will be celebrated with a color throw. The color powder is cornstarch based and non-toxic.
“Like Easter, Holi, the festival of colors is a spring celebration of renewal. It is a two-day observance of the new harvest crop, mainly wheat. It’s considered the start of the new year. In Indian mythology, Holi is celebrated as a triumph of good over evil. The night before Holi, Hindus have a bonfire, dance and cleanse themselves of evil. Holi, which is the next day, is a day of rejoicing with different kinds of foods; visiting friends and relatives to play with color and water-throwing games; and donating to the poor,” states Mudita Bhargava, ICC Director. “ICC is delighted to be sharing its first Holi celebration with the Second Congregational Church. It is our opportunity to connect through a shared experience and make our community more inclusive. And, Holi is a very fun event.”
“Our church is committed to building bridges with people of all faiths,” says Senior Minister Maxwell Grant, Second Congregational Church. “These days it is more important than ever for neighbors to know and understand each other, and for our children to learn from one another.”
Event Details: Holi Concert and Celebration at the Second Congregational Church 139 East Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT on April 7, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Adults and Children 12+ $20; Children 2 to 12 $10; and Seniors $15. Please register on the ICC website: https://www.iccgreenwich.org/upcomingevents
This concert is made possible by generous funding from ICC Benefactors:
Annie Duke and Eric Brooks
Demetra Koukoulas and Ronald Roth
Mira and Fayez Muhtadie
Shonu and Vinay Pande
Kuldip and Ranjit Samra
India Cultural Center of Greenwich is a non-profit organization created to promote Indian culture and arts in the Lower Fairfield and Westchester areas. Its mission is to organize Indian cultural programs and events on a secular basis. Our programs are targeted towards both the Indian American diaspora and our community at large.