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Holi Festival

Note: This event has passed.


March 30, 2013
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


$5 General, $3 for MAH Members



705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States

Phone: (831) 429-1964


Rain or Shine! What better way to celebrate Spring’s abundant colors than with a shower of pigmented powder? Come rejoice at our Holi Festival,  a Hindu tradition that marks the arrival of Spring by sharing  joy, community, and vibrant colors. Get the chance to throw gulual, the holy colored powder, and dance to  bhangra beats.

Please arrive by 1PM to receive the powder, at 1:20 we will throw it in the back patio.

Wearing all white (that you don’t mind getting stained)  is highly encouraged. 

Tickets are available for purchase now at the MAH Front Desk.

There’s a limited number of tickets available, please purchase them in advance.

Please note the the holi powder, gulual is made from eco-friendly natural materials made from rice flour and natural dyes. We do not recommend this event for very young children or anyone with asthma.

Tips for Optimizing Your Holi Experience:

-Wear all white that you don’t mind getting stained.

-Protect your eyes, mouth and nose with a bandana and sunglasses.

-Be sure to get here by 1PM

-If you don’t want to participate you can watch the colorful show from our rooftop sculpture garden.

-Protect your camera (great tips on this website here).

-Your clothes will be covered in multiple colors of holi powder. Some may find it useful to bring a change of clothes and a trash bag to cary your colored clothes to prevent a colorful mess in the car.

-Clean up: before jumping in the shower, remove as much dry holi powder as possible before washing off. Before washing your clothes vigorously shake them out before washing and wash them separately from your other clothes.

  • DN

    : )

  • Nanci Ryker-Judd

    Sounds fun! What is in the gulual? Is it an organic substance?

  • Curtis Swain

    What about the Bhangra music? An earlier event listing said there’d be dancing to
    Bhangra. I don’t want to just throw colors around…I GOTTA DANCE! It’s Spring!!

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