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march, 2017

18mar11:00 am- 12:30 pmFestival of Color- HoliKeene, NH

Event Details

Celebrating the arrival of Spring, Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa) is a festival practiced by Hindus in countries like India, Nepal, and Bangladesh each year in March. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly cultural celebration at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, in Keene on Saturday, March 18th at 11:00am. Special guest and local artist Bijaya Paul will share the epic story behind the festival, involving an evil King, his determined son, a malicious aunt Holika, and the Hindu god Vishnu. Children from the local Indian community will sing a song related to the festival and visitors will have an opportunity to create a Holi-inspired craft to take home. At noon, families are invited to shake off their winter blues and rejoice in the colors and liveliness of spring by heading outside to respectfully throw colored powder at each other. The Society recommends that participants wear old clothes, dress warmly, and bring a towel to brush off powders at the end of the event. Cost: $5/person, $10/family. A packet of colored powder will be handed out to the first 25 visitors to this event. To attend, please contact Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education, at or 603/352-1895 or visit


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Historical Society of Cheshire County

246 Main Street, Keene, NH


Jennifer Carroll, Director of Education, HSCC