Celebrating Holi Festival in Dallas

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Living in Dallas has presented me with so many unique opportunities to experience new things. A week ago I got to attend a Dallas fashion show and just a day ago I attended my first Holi Festival! My little hometown in Maryland didn’t have much opportunity for cultural experiences beyond an annual Celtic festival. Having seen how beautiful the “Festival of Colors” is, I had to experience it for myself. While I didn’t get to travel to India to participate, I did get to enjoy it right here in Dallas! This cross-cultural experience was probably one of my favorite experiences and definitely one that was enriching.

Holi festivals around the world

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My friend Laila and I got tickets to go to Dallas’ annual Holi Festival together. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect. I don’t know much about Indian culture and certainly didn’t know what Holi even meant or was. After doing a little research though, I learned that Holi is a Hindu spring festival celebrating the arrival of spring, end of winter, and traditionally a good harvest. The multi-colored powders used in the celebration are made from crushed flowers and other natural colors. At our celebration, festival attendees threw their brightly colored powders in the air and shouted “Happy Holi!”

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m as “white” as the day is long. Attending Holi was not an attempt to “culture appropriate” I believe the term is. It was a fun way to learn about a new culture and appreciate the exciting celebrations that happen around the world. Cross-cultural experiences are important because they allow people of all origins to learn about the customs of others and enjoy them without giving up their own culture. When I got to the festival, I didn’t have any “colors” on my skin or in my hair and several other attendees that were of Indian descent and knew what they were doing came up to me and patted my face with bright pinks and blues and wished me a happy Holi. How kind of them to share their traditions and celebrations with an obvious outsider?

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Dancing, eating, and throwing Holi powder in the air were the best parts of the festival. I got to try several Indian dishes including this delicious one pictured above. After eating my weight in Chicken Manchurian, Laila and I made our way back into the crowd to dance off our food. As you can imagine, I don’t know many traditional Indian dances but I tried my best to follow along.

I loved this event and plan to go back next year! Dallas really is a melting pot of people. Enjoying other people’s culture while still appreciating my own is so important to my personal development not only as a Dallas blogger, but also as a person.

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25 Responses to Celebrating Holi Festival in Dallas

  1. Devin Taylor says:

    How fun! πŸ™‚ I just went to Holi Festival last weekend in Los Angeles. It was my first time going & I had a blast! There were so many people that came that they ran out of colours but I still managed to get drenched in the powder. The people, food & atmosphere was so great that I am definitely going to make this a annual thing.

    I did a little post about it on my blog too: http://www.lovedeelour.com

    I absolutely love your blog btw! πŸ™‚

  2. This festival looks like fun. I am so glad you were able to participate in another culture outside of your own. I think it is really important to go outside of our comfort zone and celebrate differences. It does help with your growth as a person. I am from Maryland as well. I grew up in the DMV area. Silver Spring!!!
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  3. Leah Lowe says:

    Oh my goodness this looks like so much fun! Love all the vibrant colors as well!

    x – Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

  4. Such a cool festival! I love to experience events like that.

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

  5. Oh wow this looks so fun! Love all of the colours
    xo
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  6. This looks so fun! I love how you embraced another culture. It’s so great you take advantage of the festivals offered around you!

    xo,
    Leanne
    http://www.thestyledsuburbian.com

  7. Monika says:

    That is so amazing! I’m sure you have plenty more pictures that will make great memories one day!

  8. Taylor Aube says:

    These colors are so gorgeous! I love these pictures and it sounds like a really fun day!
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  9. Katie says:

    Holi has always been something I wanted to take part in! And of course, the pictures are amazing! So much fun!
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  10. Kristie says:

    Love the colorful ambiance of the Holy festival. It looks like you had a great time!
    xo,
    Kristie
    http://www.kristieincarolina.com

  11. Wow looks so fun!!!! I love all the colors!

  12. Gisel says:

    Aw, I’ve always wanted to celebrate Holi. What a wonderful time you had!

    Gisel | http://www.mintandthrift.com

  13. Gail says:

    This completely warmed my heart. This Holi festival looks so awesome and so fun! It’s great that you embrace other cultures and you took the time to research what this festival was about. Loved this so much! Xoxo

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