Biggest Holi Festival in the USA
The main attraction at Houston Holi is the carefree All Day Color Play. Friends and families playfully throw color powder on each other as a symbol of love & togetherness. To color each other is also to forgive and mend broken relationships. Holi originated 3000 years ago in Northern India with the idea that in color there is no rich or poor, no king or shepherd, no black, white or brown - In color we are all ONE.
COLOR POWDER (AVAILABLE @ GSH BOOTH)
Skin safe herbal holi color powder in 6 different colors (red, yellow, pink, blue, green, orange) will be available at Houston Holi at the Gujarati Samaj of Houston (GSH) booth for a nominal price - $3 for a single pack, and $5 for a 2 pack. These colors will wash away from your body with water and will take a proper laundry wash to come off from your clothes.
You are permitted to bring your own holi colors as long as they are skin safe holi colors. No permanent colors of any kind will be allowed. If you do bring your own holi colors, please bring light bright colors (pink, orange, yellow, red) and not dark blue, green or purple.
If you don’t know where to go to get these Holi colors in advance, don’t worry. Buy them at the GSH booth and they will have 10,000 colors packets to last all day. The GSH booth which will be to your immediate right upon entry. GSH is a non profit community organization that has partnered with Masala Radio to make Houston Holi the largest Holi festival in the USA. Houston Holi is an alcohol free & family event. Everyone is invited to celebrate Holi. Pichkaris (water guns) will be available at the India Culture Center (ICC) booth for a nominal price. There will be water monsters close by to fill your water guns.
PLEASE WEAR WHITE CLOTHES (especially the ones you are not afraid to get stained). This is a request, not a mandate, so you can come in with whatever clothing you'd like!
COLOR FREE ZONE
For those of you who do not want to be colored, there is a color free zone by the bazaar at the edge of the color playing field. Bazaar will have 65 booths - sponsor booths giving away free Holi goodies, Indian merchandise booths and Indian Street Food Festival booths selling freshly made vegetarian snacks and drinks.
To commence the celebrations, GSH will also light the Holi bonfire and a priest will perform a small pooja as an invocation of the Hindu trinity – Bhramha, Vishnu & Mahesh to bless everyone at Holi regardless of their race, religion, or ethnic background. We want to share our rich Indian culture with everyone in Houston and promote peace, tolerance, and harmony within our community.