One of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s societies will be painting the town red (and blue, and yellow, and green…) for the annual Holi festival.
The Indian Society are hosting the traditional celebration on Bede Park on Friday 31 March from 4pm and are encouraging fellow De Montfort University (DMU) students to join the festivities – and raise money for DMU Square Mile India.
Arpith Shetty, a second-year Software Engineering student, is the secretary of the Indian Society, and has been involved with organising the event.
He said: “I have been celebrating Holi [for as long as] I can remember in India – but I never expected to be celebrating here in the UK.
“We are very excited to announce that this is the fifth consecutive year that the society will be organising the festival of colours.
“This event, which has turned out to be the flagship event of our society, boasts of attracting students from all over the globe every year.”
The coloured powder is washable...but make sure you wear old clothes just in case!
Last year’s Holi celebrations saw hundreds of DMU students get involved by throwing coloured paint powder – which Arpith explained represents the ‘vibrance of life’ at one another.
“Everyone gets a free packet of colours, and we’ve have lots of available so bring all of your friends.
“The event is a great time to take a break from your university work, be part of the DMU family and be part of a bigger cause.”
Donations will also be collected for the university’s Square Mile India Fund, which provides the Dalit children of Ahmedabad with essentials including books, access to medicine, and equipment for sports and games.
Arpith concluded: “We would love to see everyone participate, and we have introduced many exciting things to make this Holi better than ever.
“All I can say is that this Holi is going to be huge, so don’t hold yourself back. Get messy for charity!”
You can find out more about the Indian Society on their page here, and find them on Facebook here.
Mike Mayes, VP Media and Communications at DSU, was one of hundreds of DMU students who got involevd at Holi 2016.