Thursday, March 13, 2014

UT Tyler Student Life and Leadership offers multicultural events

     The University of Texas at Tyler offers students different recreational events. These can include Homecoming festivities, or simply different Campus Activities Board sponsored events. The most interesting events the Office of Student Life and Leadership has offered are cultural ones. In the past there's been events where food from around the world is catered to show a different cultural aspect of the world to students. On Monday, March 17, at 12 p.m. there will be a Holi Festival held at the University Center Patio and Ornelas Hall Fields.

     Holi is a spring festival also known as the festival of colors. It originated in India. It is celebrated in many parts of south Asia and is celebrated by non-Hindus in other parts of the world. This festival originated as a celebration for the end of winter, the hopes of fertile land and a high yielding harvest. Religion is also part of the festival. The day is full of people throwing colored water and dry color powder at each other to create a fun experience. Some even throw balloons filled with the color dye.There's music and food. Everyone comes together from different socio-economic backgrounds to participate in the festivities.

Colored powder

     UT Tyler students will have the opportunity to take part on this Hindu holiday by following the same traditions that Hindus have done. There will be Indian dance and food to show to enhance the cultural experience. There will also be Henna tattoos. Henna tattoos are temporary tattoos made from a dye that comes from the Henna plant.

     This is a great opportunity for students to get involved on campus by attending different events. Cultural events and festivals provide a different outlook on heritage throughout the world. Having these opportunities on campus is also more accessible for students to gain that experience. There will be free food so why not come! Also, bring clothes that you wouldn't mind getting colored!

     For more information on events on campus as well as contact information click here.

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