Xavier Gets Colorful

Xavier University Celebrates Holi and Creates Alfombras | March 22, 2013

Xavier University’s Center for Interfaith Community Engagement will celebrate Holi, a Hindu spring festival of colors on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:00 pm on the Xavier Yard (outside the Gallagher Student Center).

This unique experience features colored paint, music, and fun. It marks the end of winter’s gloom and celebrates spring’s bloom.

“Think ‘food fight’ with powdered paint,” says Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of the center. “We will provide participants with white t-shirts which will get soaked as they throw colorful water balloons at each other. After they are good and wet, we will spread the colorful powder and spring will be in the air!

On the same day, between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., students will create Alfombras, a Central American tradition on the closed section of Francis Xavier Way between Fenwick Hall and Bellarmine Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. An Easter event celebrated since the 16th century, carpets, also known as Alfombras, are created with sawdust and then dyed to illustrate images of religious figures and biblical stories. Xavier’s Alfombras will be constructed with wood chips to reduce dust.