Holi Festival: A Fun Celebration

“Life is a festival only to the wise.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Holi Festival began in India and Nepal as a tradition held in the spring to celebrate love, color, happiness, belonging, and the new life spring brings.

Holi Festival of Color
A group of happy Indian children having a blast celebrating with powder paint in Desert Village, India.
Holi Festival of Colors in California
In Norwalk, California in the spring of 2015, people are celebrating during the color throw at the Holi Festival of Colors.

The festival is a fun-for-all carnival of colors.

Participants play, chase, and color each other with dry powder, colored water, or even colored water-filled balloons for a water fight.

“WE” think it’s an incredible way for us to come together to celebrate one another, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and envision all our different dreams becoming a reality.

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”
Leigh Hunt

Ideas on how to Create a Great Celebration:

SEND out COLORFUL CATCH-M CARDS as invitations –
  • Pick a date—Any day is a great day to celebrate!
  • Pick a location – Parks, Backyards, School yards, etc.
Create CATCH-M Gear to wear –
  • Use: T-shirts, hats, headbands, socks, capes, decorated boxers for A-BUN-DANCE, etc.
BUY Supplies –
  • Get Colored Powder, Water Balloons, etc.
FOOD and DRINK –
  • Yummies are a must.
MUSIC –
  • Hire a fantastic band, DJ, or play your own. Great tunes makes for great fun!
SURPRISES throughout the festival
  • Smile treats – Fun Notes to find
  • Holi Gifts – Beautiful Flowers to gift
  • Sweet Exchange – Yummy treats to share
DRUM FUN –
BONFIRE –
  • Make up Boom Shake Songs together in a Drum Circle around a bonfire
  • Go around the circle one person at a time – Stand up and do A-BUN-DANCE. Then share your favorite four legged animal, what you’re thankful for, and best of all your dream.
  • Stay up late and tell stories under your magical, mystical stars.
CANDLES –
  • Light candles in celebration of your life and dreams together!
Family Bonding around a Bonfire
A big birthday celebration ended with a magical night under the stars around a bonfire bonding with great stories of laughter, fright, and fun.
Children-Adult Bonding Time Singing
A beautiful Christmas Eve service where a few candles spread the light for hundreds to be lit and everyone sings Silent Night together.

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We’d love to see, build community, and celebrate the quest for our dreams together.

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“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the light of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

Buddha Purnima

The tadpole from DREAM BIG by children's book author Kat Kronenberg