Holi Moli! No, it’s not the expression of surprise or dismay, it’s the South Asian color-filled festival held to ring in the spring season around the world. Holi, as it’s traditionally called, is a Hindu celebration marking the victory of good over evil, and here at UNC, it’s commemorated by color-coated students all gathering together.
According to the event description, about one in every four first year students attends Holi Moli, and students usually attend it at least once in their four years at Carolina. Holi Moli will take place Friday at Hooker Fields and excitement has been expressed by many students across campus, from those planning the event to those with whom it holds a special religious meaning.
There are a couple of reasons for the festival, said first-year Diksha Joshi, who is Hindu. The first is spring's arrival and the blooming it brings which is why colors are used in the celebration.
“The other is a mythological explanation. Basically, there was a female demon who wanted to burn this child," said Joshi. "Since the child believed in God, the child didn’t burn, but the demon who had the ability to not burn in fire ended up burning.”
Joshi said in India, the celebration is extremely large. Thousands of people go to temple and the religious heads spray everyone with colorful water on the holiday.