Holi, a Hindu spring festival celebrated in India and Nepal, falls on March 9. The festival is also known as “festival of colors” as spring is welcomed with vibrant colored powder. Join in on the celebration with these family-friendly Holi ideas to try with your family.
Activities to try
When: March 7
Where: Kido, 1137 S. Delano Court, Chicago
Learn a little bit about Indian culture and the story of Holi. You can also enjoy a performance by the young dancers of Natya Dance Theater, and they will teach a few moves to families too.
When: March 14
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
A celebration of the diverse people and cultures that make up Chicago’s local character. Each of the events in this series at Navy Pier will feature music, dance, art and more from a variety of cultures, promising an exciting and enriching experience for all ages and cultural backgrounds.
When: March 21
Where: Bubbles Academy, 2184 N. Elston, Chicago
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind Holi celebration with Bollywood dancing, cultural exploration, Holi art & craft and Indian snacks. Open play included in cost.
When: April 4
Where: Naperville Riverwalk Aurora Avenue and Main Street, Naperville
Throwing of colors with Rock/traditional music, Ethnic food, and shopping adds to this unique experience. We will supply bags of safe, non-stain dry colors for a donation of $2 each. For safety and health reasons, colors from outside are strictly prohibited.
Books to read
Best for ages: 0-2
This board book helps teach your little ones their colors since each page features a photograph of a child tossing the colored powders from the Hindu festival.
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 of how an Indian community celebrates the holiday.
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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