Holi 2023 Guide for Chicago Families

Celebrate the Hindu spring festival with these kid-friendly activities.

Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, starts on March 18. The festival, also known as “festival of colors”, welcomes spring with vibrant-colored powder.

Join in on the celebration and learn more about the Hindu holiday with these family-friendly Holi events and activites.

Events to Attend

Global Connections: Holi

March 4, 2023

Celebrate Holi in the Aon Grand Ballroom with live music, dance performances and educational activities. At Navy Pier’s beer gardens outdoors, families can participate in the iconic powder throwing (available for purchase).

Holi – The Festival of Colors

April 8, 2023

This festival includes music, great food and shopping booths to add to the unique experience. Bags of safe, non-stain dry colors will be available for a donation of $2 each.

Activities to Try

Chocolate Cinnamon Gujiya

Gujiya stuffed with chocolate? Yes, please! These sweet dumplings won’t disappoint, especially when they’re rolled in cinnamon sugar too.

Homemade Holi Colors

We might be missing out in large in-person Holi events this year, but you can recreate one tradition at home. Try out this eco-friendly Holi colors tutorial and don’t forget to take some photos.

Holi Coloring Pages

Entertain your little with these free Holi coloring pages. You can find more fun Holi-themed crafts at Artsy Craftsy Mama.

Learn about Holi

If your family wants to learn more about Holi, YouTube has some great videos to watch. This KidsOne video gives a brief overview on how the holiday is celebrated across India.

Books to Read

Holi Colors by Rina Singh

  • Best for ages: 0-2

This board book helps teach your little ones their colors. Each page features a photograph of a child tossing the colored powders from the Hindu festival.

Festival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal and Kabir Sehgal

  • Best for ages: 2-8

Follow along as siblings Chintoo and Mintoo are getting ready for Holi. Readers will love to get an inside look at how an Indian community celebrates the holiday.

Let’s Celebrate Holi!

  • Best for ages: 3-7

Part of the book series Maya & Neel’s India Adventures, Maya and Neel learn about the story of Holi as they explore the color markets, delicious food and other ways the holiday is celebrated in India.


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