What is ColorDance?
Inspired by the Hindu Festival of Colors (traditionally called “Holi”) and the music festival traditions born out of Woodstock ’69, we have conceptualized ColorDance: a fun, peaceful gathering of soulful people for a weekend of celebration of unity through spirituality. Holi, also known as The Festival of Colors, is a Hindu spring festival that celebrates many common themes of peace, spirituality, and newness of life. During Holi, participants smear the now-well-known powdered colors across their faces and bodies, as well as friends. When the crowd throws the many different colors into the air in unison, their brief combination creates a visual stimulation that is nearly overwhelming.
Altogether, this ‘color play’ is a staple element of ColorDance, and a physical representation of the major theme: UNITY in DIVERSITY.
Unity in Diversity
“Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust.”
By appreciating our differences we may be able to enrich our interactions with one another; we strip our minds free of judgment and predispositions and make connections that are only attainable in a state of oneness. It is rare that a group reaches this collective understanding and as a society, we strive to achieve this. However unreachable a goal it may be, it is achieved for one weekend once a year at ColorDance, the Unification Festival
In the northern part of India, the Festival of Color, known as Holi, announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. Holi has slowly seeped into many other cultures through a scattered Indian diaspora, international travelers, Indian holy men popular in the west, and most importantly the Hare Krishna movement. The feelings of oneness and a profound sense of freedom have attracted millions of people all over the world to the Holi celebration.