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What is Holi?

Holi (होली), is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus in early Spring. Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors. It is primarily observed in India and countries with large followers of Hinduism, such as Nepal, Suriname, Malaysia, Guyana, South Africa, Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.

More information on religious and cultural origins of Holi may found here.

Leaving aside their religious origins, Holi has some similarities with Easter. Both festivals are celebrated in early Spring. Both festivals have themes of vibrant colors. Both festivals are eagerly looked forward to by children.

But those similarities breakdown. While Easter involves coloring eggs, Holi is celebrated by coloring people. Easter egg hunt is a children only event, Holi is an event for everyone (with an inner child). Easter is celebrated by dressing in your best. You'd not be advised to come to a Holi celebration in your best.

Lafayette Holi Festival, started in 2011, brings Holi to Acadiana, the heart of the Cajun country. This region, unlike any other region in the US, has its own music, food, and dance. There are more festivals celebrated in Acadiana than there are weeks in a year. Lafayette Holi adds another festival to this festive place.

Lafayette Holi is a 1/2 day event combining Indian and Cajun spirit. Like all Cajun Festivals, this is a family friendly festival, catering to all age group. However, be prepared for your inner child to spring out, and enjoy the simple pleasure of coloring others, both, friends and strangers.