March 27 officially declared the arrival of spring to the Hindu community, celebrated with the Holi festival. Known as the festival of colours, Holi has a broad appeal in and outside India, particularly among youth. Hindus send their greetings and welcome good luck by throwing coloured powder to others and smearing people's clothes with paint.
The celebration of Holi will usually last for several weeks and will also take place in different areas across America. At the UN, the United Nations Staff Recreations Council initiates the celebration to embody the festival's spirit of bridging social barriers of language and status.
United Nations Staff Celebrates Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors
from IPS Inter Press Service
This year also marks the fifth annual Holi Festival in New York City, which, with the theme "Green Holi", stressed the use of new herbal and non-toxic colours.
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(UNDP) and the Huairou Commission
(HC), on March 4th, organised a panel discussion on women's access to justice.
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