Students and Faculty Celebrate Indian Festival "Holi"
Date: 2017-03-30 Hour: 12:52
In the atmosphere of tolerance and diversity that is Bar-Ilan University, Indian students gathered together on campus on the occasion of "Holi", a spring festival of colors celebrated annually in India and Nepal.
The Holi festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. During Holi it is customary to smear colored powder over one another, dance under water sprinklers, and use water balloons and water guns.
The gathering at Bar-Ilan, the first event of its kind on campus, brought together Indian students and their families with members of the faculty. There are currently 38 post-doctoral and PhD graduate students from India at the Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, and the departments of chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
Dr. Emanuele Dalla Torre, of the Department of Physics, addressed the group, saying, “Bar-Ilan University is happy to host international students, and especially outstanding students from India who've received a stellar education in leading universities in their country of origin. We believe that you can contribute significantly to scientific research in Israel. At the same time, I hope that Bar-Ilan will boost your scientific career and introduce you to the latest scientific developments and cutting-edge technologies.”
New Indian students who recently arrived at the University were welcomed and introduced, followed by singing, student musical performances by the students, a variety of games and group dancing. The event concluded with participants smearing colors on one another in the traditional fashion.
The festival was organizaed by Vibhav Chikne and Dr. Atanu Rajak, who are enrolled in PhD and post-doc programs in the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Department of Physics, respectively, and supported by the Bar-Ilan International Office and Office of the Academic Secretary.