Darden South Asia Society (DSAS) president Chaitali Pandit (Class of 2022) and VP of marketing and communications Pratik Das (Class of 2022) described the 2021 Holi event at Darden:

The Darden South Asia Society hosted a celebration of Holi, the festival of colors, on Saturday 17 April for the Darden community. The Holika bonfire and Holi are a South Asian ritual to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival of colors is a celebration of love, hope and joy and is commonly celebrated with gulal, colored powder imitating the colors of spring. It is a time for people of all ages and walks of life to come together and join in the revelry—to sing and dance with each other, and to share food and the hope of brighter days ahead.

While the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, DSAS wanted to celebrate Holi together with the Darden community in hopes of brighter days to come. Eighty students, staff and faculty participants attended the event in socially distant groups, and the celebration included quintessential festive snacks and song and dance performances to popular Bollywood tunes.

See more photos of the colorful event below:

Some Darden staff also attended the event, including director of Admissions Whitney Kestner and assistant dean for global advising Larry Mueller
Darden Dean Scott Beardsley and Professor Raj Venkatesan joined the Holi festivities