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HOLI : Festival of Colors 2016

Holi 2016

HOLI :  Festival of Colors 2016

SM LANANG PREMIER (Main Entrance Car Park)
March 19, 2016 (4pm – 12 midnight)

Pankaj Indian Cuisine and Pankaj House of Indian Fashions (proprietors Juvy Sta. Maria and Pankaj Kumar) bring to you the Holi Festival of Colors 2016 in SM Lanang Premier at the main entrance car park on March 19, 2016 from 4pm to 12 midnight.

This is the second Holi Festival celebration in Davao City, with last year’s festivities attended by more than a thousand Indian nationals, and both Filipinos and foreigners.

According to Wikipedia, Holi (Sanskrit: होली) “is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love. The celebration of Holi is very ancient in its origin. It celebrates an ultimate triumph of the ‘good’ over the ‘evil’. While, a feast of colors associated with the Holi, is the face of this celebration, the original reason of celebrating Holi, lies in its soul.”

“Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colors, where participants play, chase and color each other with dry powder and colored water, with some carrying water guns and colored water-filled balloons for their water fight. ”

“Anyone and everyone plays a fair game, friends or strangers, rich or poor, menn or women, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colors occur in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colors on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks.”

The HOLI: Festival of Colors 2016 is inspired by the original Indian Holi festival. It is not religious and it does not promote any religious aspects or groups. It is about promoting the ideas of unity and camaraderie through the colors of everyday life. It is a day of fun and excitement.

The festival will be using GULAL HOLI Powder, imported from India. These color powders (5 – 10 colors) are completely non-toxic, water soluble and environmentally friendly. They are allergen-free and they have the highest quality, color brilliance and safeness at the same time. They have no harmful ingredients and the fine dust of the powders is extremely low, which is important especially for allergy and asthma patients. The powders are also compatible for the skin and hair.

A participant will not leave the festival looking the same as he/she arrived. Festival goers are recommended to wear white and comfortable shoes and will not mind leaving colorfully!

A countdown takes place every hour on the hour when people can release and throw their powder.
The festival is for 14 year olds and above, with the accompaniment of parents for kids under 14.

 

Holi Festival

 

March 19 program:
– 4 – 5 pm: receiving of guests and registration
– 5 – 6 pm: playing of color powders with water balloons and water guns
– 6 – 8 pm: short program (speeches from VIPs/ representatives – the city mayor’s office, Indian temple, Indian medical students union, other guests from outside the city), Indian dances and songs.
– 8-12 pm: DJ exhibit and disco with Indian and Filipino mixes

Selling booths:
Indian delicacies (Samosa, Paratha, Biryani and more) and drinks
Filipino Siomai and Burger Booths

Tickets:

Php 300 – free drink and color pack… and 1 TM Simpack
Php 400 – free drink, color pack, souvenir shirt… and 1 TM Simpack
Ticket outlets:

Pankaj Indian Cuisine (Aurora Quezon St.)
Kirti Accessories (Gaisano Mall of Davao)
Indian Grocery (Juna Subd., Matina)
Food For You (DMSF Area)
Indian Spice Resto (DMSF Area)
DMEMS – Indian Dormitory (near Ateneo University)
AlcoHall (Dacudao Ave.)
Premier Elite Institute (Rizal Extension)
Gentleman’s Lounge (Loyola St., Obrero)
Davao Medical School Foundation

(source: Juvy Sta. Maria)

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