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first_img Holi hands During a show of hands, students compare their colorful collections of dust after a playful exchange. Gathering under gray skies, Harvard undergraduates gleefully covered one another in bright colors on March 24 in observance of Holi, the Hindu celebration of spring. The event, which drew more than 200 undergraduates from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds, was hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association.“Holi is primarily a celebration of the coming of spring and commemorates various aspects of Hindu mythology,” said Neil Patel ’13, co-president of Dharma. “The festivities usher in spring and the season of love.”The celebration took place on the Malkin Athletic Center quad, as it has each spring since 1998. Students covered one another in powders colored red, yellow, and blue.Patel says that stories regarding the religious significance and origins of the festival vary across different regions in India. While most Hindus view Holi as a celebration of the coming of spring, in some traditions the celebration serves as a commemoration of the divine love of the goddess Radha for Lord Krishna.Patel says that Holi also breaks down barriers among people of different classes and backgrounds.“The spirit of the festival closes gaps between social classes and brings individuals together as everyone throws colors at each other,” he says. “In some parts of India, children spend the day taunting and throwing colored powder and colored water at adults and elders in the streets. My roommate observed that everyone seemed to look the same after throwing colors at each other. In a broader sense, the festival celebrates the oneness of humanity.”Celebrants also enjoyed traditional Indian snacks, along with games like kabbadi, a kind of rugby-tag, and carrom, a billiards-like board game. Patel says that the fun and food attract more participants to Holi every year. So does the way that the festival brings people together.“Holi is a wonderful opportunity to share South Asian and Hindu culture with the broader Harvard community,” he says. “For many students, throwing colors at friends serves as a liberating way to welcome the spring season — and potentially get revenge on the roommate that stole your food. As we defy conventions and throw colors at friends, we celebrate the unity of the Harvard community as a whole.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Hot messes Jasmine Casart ’13 (from left), Leaha Wynn ’13, and Nicole Casart ’13 take inventory of the color gathered on their hands and clothes. Might as well jump Arleen Aguasvivas ’15 (from left), Mikhaila Marecki ’15, Namrata Narain ’15, Farheen Mukarram ’15, and Vivian Chan ’15 share a joyful jump after the event. Loving touch Using each other as canvases, students make handprints using color collected during the powder toss. Dusted During the Holi celebration, hosted by Dharma, Harvard’s Hindu Student Association, Akanksha Sharma ’14 (right) and other students cloud the air with a rainbow of colorful powder in the Malkin Athletic Center Quad. Carried away Sonali Tatapudy ’12 and Sarvagna Patel ’13 (right) celebrate Holi in full swing. Holi celebrationslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Ibrahimovic to stay at Milan for another season – Reports Pioli pens new AC Milan two-year deal AC Milan coach brushes off Ibrahimovic’s angry reaction to substitution AC Milan have confirmed the appointment of Stefano Pioli as their new manager.The 53-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A side to replace sacked Marco Giampaolo.Giampaolo paid the price for Milan’s dreadful start to the season and was dismissed earlier this week after just seven games in charge.It is the shortest reign in the club’s history.SAs Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday Giampaolo was axed after former president Silvio Berlusconi told Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban they’d made a mistake in hiring the coach.Pioli, who has been out of work since resigning as Fiorentina boss back in April, faces a tough battle to get Milan back on track.The Italian giants sit 13th in the Serie A table, having lost four of their opening seven fixtures, including a 2-0 defeat by rivals Inter.Pioli is a former Inter Milan and Lazio boss and has vast experience as a coach, beginning his career in 1999, and was Milan’s No 1 target to take over the role.However, it appears the club’s supporters are unimpressed by his appointment.‘Piolo Out’ was trending on Twitter in Italy on Tuesday – a day before he was even confirmed as their new boss.Many fans took to social media to voice their frustration at yet another uninspiring appointment on Wednesday, too.The Italian will take charge of his first AC Milan game next Sunday when they host fellow strugglers Leece.Tags: AC MilanStefano Piolilast_img read more

first_imgKevin HagstromMascots represent team and school pride. Their actions and on-field performances can be humorous, but at sometimes they’re just plain annoying. Steely McBeam and Sluggerrr are terrible names for the Pittsburgh Steelers and punchless Kansas City Royals, and The Stanford Tree doesn’t make any sense. However, Dartmouth’s Keggy the Keg tops them all as the most annoying.I mean, seriously, an Ivy League school has a keg as its mascot? Those people rarely ever party, let alone worship kegs. The school’s mascot would be better off having a name like Smarty Pants, where a pair of pants with some Smarties (the candy) randomly assorted on them ran around. That’s how lame the name and how obnoxious the connection to the school is. Speaking of annoying, students were so displeased with Keggy that they kidnapped the mascot right after its creation and gave it a black eye. A member of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” Michael Wilbon, once called Keggy “some stupid beer thing.”And in what was charged as “anti-keg racism” by Keggy’s creators, Dartmouth’s mascot was denied entrance to several sporting events. Worse than the actual negative reactions themselves is that if I’m wrong in my conjecture that Dartmouth students spend more time studying than partying, being taunted and tempted by a keg from which you cannot drink is torture. While a tree for the Stanford Cardinal makes no sense, at least nobody in his right mind yearns for its frothy, cool ale inside. So raise your glasses and toast to the most annoying mascot in sports, Keggy the Keg. Ben VoelkelMascots come in all shapes and sizes. Some are cuddly, some menacing and some don’t make much sense at all. But is rare to find a mascot who can break it down to some serious hip-hop jams. Enter Sebastian, the mascot of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The old saying is you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but apparently that doesn’t apply to all members of the animal kingdom. Sebastian, an oversized polyester Ibis, has been around “The U” since the late ’50s, but only lately has he added a new trick to his resume: the dance to the Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” which has launched him into YouTube cult status. Now, this is not the space to debate the relative merits of crankin’ dat Soulja Boy, and I’m not the proper person to judge how best to Superman a ho, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that while it may be cool in some circumstances, having a giant bird do so is a little overkill. This is not to say that Sebastian is not nimble on his feet. He is a tremendous dancer and has better rhythm and moves than almost everyone I know (except for your humble columnist, of course). Mascots should just stick to fighting with each other and posing for pictures with little kids.How is a keg not an awesome mascot? If anything best represents collegiate life, it is, in fact, Keggy. Sebastian. Crank dat!last_img read more