Seniors experience ‘Holi’ during World Religions course

With the seniors last year at McNicholas coming to an end, they were able to experience the celebration ‘Holi’ in Theology teacher Teresa Davis’s World Religions course.

Holi is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates the spring season and commemorates various events in Hindu mythology. According to, Holi is the least religious of Hindu holidays where Hindus attend a public bonfire, spray friends and family with colored powders and water, and “get a bit wild.”

“Holi is a celebration of life and remembrance of how many blessings God has given each of us. At the end of the semester, we spread the colors God has made. It gives the students a good time and puts what they have learned to practice. I’ve done the celebration with all of my World Religions classes since I came to McNick,” Davis said.

To be able to participate in the celebration, each student was required to pay $2.50 for his or her colors to throw.

On May 15, the seniors walked up to Penn Station Stadium and threw a variety of colors such as blue, orange, and pink at one another. Senior Emily Browning thought the celebration was a great way to end the course.

“I enjoyed the Holi celebration because our class was able to run around and throw colors at each other. It was a great activity to end the course and school year together as a class,” she said.

Senior Ben Fortin agreed with Browning about the celebration. “It was exciting to learn about the celebration and have the opportunity to actually throw the colors used during the celebration onto my classmates,” he said.

Theology teacher Teresa Davis’s fifth period class poses for a class picture after throwing colors onto one another. The celebration for all classes occurred on May 15.

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