Monday, April 11, 2011
USA, April 7, 2011 (Press Release): Over the past weekend, the Hindu Students Association (HSA) celebrated Holi at several of its branches. Though some branches of the organization are quite new, they all drew very impressive turnouts. The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and University of Houston (UH) each entertained upwards of 200 students and community members, while the University of Texas at Austin (UT) had nearly 2000 attendees on their South Mall. On April 9th, a Holi celebration will be held at the HSA chapter at Bellaire High School in Houston, TX.
Shivani Agrawal, an HSA officer at UH, said "We are such a small group and when we put all of our efforts together we are able to pull off something as great as Holi on our campus. We had water balloons, tug of war, samosas, snow cones, cotton candy, and a closing aarti."
"The events aren't just for Hindus or Indians; the HSA has these events for everyone. Our big mission at HSA is to promote awareness of the Hindu faith by coming out and having these festivals," said Anish Patel, an HSA officer at Texas A&M University. This melding of education and entertainment has made Holi and other such HSA events interesting and engaging to a growing part of the community with each coming year.