[UPDATED: Event will be on MAY 7] Get Ready to Paint the Town Red: The Vibrant and Joyful Festival of Holi

Winterberry Way neighbors celebrate Holi. Courtesy Image

Submitted by Bedford Desi Group

[Editor’s Note: Please note that this event will be using the rain date. The event will be on May 7, 2-4pm.]

The Bedford Desi Group invites all communities to Bedford’s 1st Annual Holi Festival! The celebration will take place on Sunday, April 30th at E Field from 2-4 PM (rain date May 7).  [Please note, this event will be occurring on the rain date, May 7, 2-4pm.]

Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is an ancient Hindu tradition. It marks the end of winter and the start of a new season, and new beginnings. It also signifies the triumph of good over evil, and love for family and friends. 

Holi is celebrated by throwing colored powder (gulal) at each other. If you haven’t experienced Holi yet, you’re missing out on some serious fun. Just imagine playing with colors, singing, and dancing with your family, friends, and neighbors! It’s a great way to let go of all your inhibitions and just be yourself. One of the Bedford Desi Group committee members, Mehul Shah, shared this about his experience growing up celebrating Holi every year: “Holi was all about playing with color, dancing, and singing with our friends without worrying about getting dirty or scolded by parents. The Bedford Desi Group is proud to be able to share that experience and a piece of that culture with our community.”

Of course, no festival is complete without food. Holi is no exception. We will have mouth-watering snacks and sweets from a local Bedford Indian restaurant which is coincidentally also named Holi Indian Restaurant. Speaking about the event, Sanjay Ray, the owner of Holi said, “Holi has always been very special to me growing up. A way to get together, have fun with my family and friends, and eat great food. That inspired me to name the restaurant Holi. We are excited to support Bedford’s 1st Annual Holi festival and serve amazing food on May 7 [Updated] so that everyone can get a taste of Holi.”

 The best thing about Holi is that it brings people together. It’s a time to celebrate diversity, friendship, and love. You’ll see people of all ages, genders, and religions having a blast, without any inhibitions or prejudices. It’s a beautiful sight and one that reminds us of the importance of unity in diversity.

We encourage families and friends to come out and join us for a fun-filled afternoon that will include playing with colors, live music, face painting, and food for purchase! Tickets are $5/pp (cash only), which includes 2 packs of color. Remember to wear white so you can show off your colors! 

So, whether you’re an Indian, American, Italian, a Holi veteran, or a newbie, give this festival a try. Who knows, you might just discover a new side of yourself. Or at least get some great selfies for Instagram. Happy Holi!

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Bedford Cultural Council. We would also like to thank the following sponsors and donors for supporting this event: Apex Defense Academy, Apna Bazaar, Barrett Sotheby’s, Bedford Cupcakes, Callahan’s Karate, Carson Wealth, Holi Indian Restaurant, Kadak Chai Band, Russian School of Math, and Suzanne and Co.

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April 4, 2023 11:59 am

For those not familiar with Bedford’s athletic fields, E Field is the baseball diamond across the street from the Library and the High School flagpole.