Virtual Holi Toledo to Take Place April 22

April 21, 2020 | Events, UToday
By Vicki L. Kroll

Holi Toledo has brought students, faculty and staff together since it was first held on the University’s Main Campus in 2014.

While UToledo community members can’t congregate in person to toss colors during the Indian holiday to welcome spring, they are invited to attend a virtual celebration Wednesday, April 22.

Students tossed color to celebrate Holi Toledo on Main Campus.

“Though we can’t hold Holi in person this year, the Indian Student Cultural Organization is creating a virtual Holi Toledo platform on Instagram for our Holi 2020 date,” said Yashika Bhoge, president of the Indian Students Cultural Organization and student chair for the event.

“This virtual Holi Toledo event is just the kind of feel-good e-programming we need right now,” said Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, and vice provost.

Everyone is invited to check out Holi Toledo on Instagram, where there will be videos, photos, a playlist, and a question-and-answer session to learn about the religious observance.

The top three student organizations that have the most members commenting on the page April 22 will receive a $50 prize.

“While students can’t douse their peers in color this year, they can still come together to learn about this religious celebration and the Indian culture,” Bhoge said.

Four campus partners are bringing Holi Toledo online this year: the Indian Students Cultural Organization, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for International Studies and Programs, and the Center for Religious Understanding. The event has the support of the Hindu Temple of Toledo.

“Holi Toledo highlights our diversity, promotes unity, and fosters improved understanding of religions and cultures across campus,” Dr. Jeanine Diller, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, said.

For more information on the virtual Holi Toledo celebration, contact Bhoge at

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