A Holi Celebration on the Upper West Side

Holi Waterline Square

On March 8, The Culture Tree and Waterline Square will be hosting workshops, performances, puppetry and more in celebration of Holi – India’s famous “festival of love.” Holi welcomes the spring at the end of a cold winter, and has been celebrated in the Indian subcontinent since as early as the 4th century BCE.


Holi is perhaps most easily recognized in the US for the vibrantly colored powder that is splashed on throngs of people (often dressed in white) as part of the celebration. And yes – the Waterline Square event will include the opportunity to “play with colors,” which will be provided for free to children.

Prior to playing with the powder, traditionally called “gulaal,” there will be a dance performance combining “Bollywood, folk and semi-classical choreography,” a public dance lesson, food vendors, and other forms of celebration! Those interested can register for free through The Culture Tree’s website, where there is also information about a children’s Holi story-time event on March 10. Please note that the event organizers request that attendees do not bring their own colored powder.

The Culture Tree’s mission is “to promote South Asian culture through educational and enrichment programs,” and they offer classes on language and culture, as well as events throughout the year. Waterline Square Park just opened in 2020, and “serves at once as a backyard and an oasis” for residents of Midtown and the Upper West Side.


The event will be taking place on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. More information can be found here.


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