US Hindus upset at Wesleyan Univ 'Holi' posters

Last Updated: Tue, May 01, 2012 08:52 hrs

Nevada, May 1 (IBNS) A US based Hindu group said it is upset at the offensive posters which appeared on the campus of Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut, USA) suggesting that students who have been celebrating Hindu festival of Holi were not allowed in Usdan, "a focal point of activity" on the campus.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) Tuesday, said that Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth and its Board of Trustees Chair Joshua S. Boger should immediately apologize for these posters which were very insensitive to the students and others who celebrated the popular Hindu "festival of color" and it was belittling of the entire community.

Moreover, these posters saying "NO COLORED PEOPLE ALLOWED IN USDAN" were highly offensive to all people of color and were thus clearly unacceptable in a civilized society, said Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism.

University's first official celebration of Holi reportedly took place on Foss Hill on Friday, April 27, when these flyers appeared.

Joie de vivre festival of Holi welcomes the beginning of spring and starts about ten days before the full moon of Phalguna.

The ceremonies include the lighting of the bonfires, during which all evils are symbolically burnt.

Holi also commemorates the frolics of youthful Lord Krishna; celebrates the death of demoness Putana, burning of demoness Holika, and destruction of Kama by Lord Shiva. Actual Holi fell on March eight this year, Zed added.

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