Holi is one of the most festive holidays on the Hindu calendar. It is uniquely celebrated around the world by Hindu populations in Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia. This Sunday, March 11th marks the biggest Holi celebration in New York City. This free NYC event is a multi-cultural treat and fun for the whole family. The parade begins at noon on Sunday at Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Holi marks the breaking down of all barriers. The rich mingle with the poor, men with women, young with old, African Hindus with Nepalese Hindus. Politeness is replaced with exuberance. People throw colored powders into the air so everyone is multi-colored. Make sure you wear something washable because chances are you will be dyed too. Celebrations will also include elaborate floats, singing, dancing, and food. What makes this Holi parade so great is the fact the immigrants from around the world bring and share their traditions.
The parade culminates in Smokey Oval Park with more dye tossing as well as traditional performances and dances. Holi comes around once a year and the weather this Sunday is supposed to be exceptional. Make sure to take your family and enjoy this free event in NYC. Holi is unlike any other holiday and well worth experiencing first hand.