20 Mar Holi: Binghamton University’s Biggest On-Campus event
Involvement on campus and service to our community have always been major priorities to our organization. Ever since 2012, our signature service event, Holi, has taken place every spring semester. Holi is known as the festival of colors and is symbolic of welcoming the spring season. Since its inception at Binghamton University, the Hindu Students Council (HSC) and the Alpha Eta Colony of Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Inc. have worked together to raise thousands of dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), whose main goal is to prevent and cure Type 1 diabetes.
In conjunction with HSC, Holi is one of the largest and most successful events at Binghamton University, rain or shine. The university newspaper always comes to interview those involved in Holi’s organization for an article. Not to mention, everything is student-run from the bottom-up in making Holi happen. Regarding our community, many local businesses and university grants give us the opportunity to make Holi a reality. Student housing companies give donations and one of our local Indian restaurants give samosas and mango lassi to be served at the event. Binghamton University’s marketing team even comes and participates to get awesome action shots for their social media accounts. A link to their video is down below. Besides donating to an important cause, students love coming to the event as a way to have fun before Finals Week, and to just have a great time as the snow melts away and the weather finally begins to warm up!
It truly is an indescribable feeling of accomplishment seeing Holi succeed every year as well as watching it grow and evolve after every iteration. However, the best feeling is that we are all making a difference and helping JDRF find a cure to Type 1 diabetes. Being at Binghamton University for a while now and currently being a graduate student, I have seen the transformation of this event and have witnessed it develop into a university staple. Setting up Holi with everybody has been an invaluable and enjoyable learning experience. The immense amount of pride in being associated with this event is priceless, as it is all for an amazing cause and for the greater good. I look forward to our future service events and philanthropic endeavors, especially Holi 2018 in the spring.
Epsilon Class | Alpha Eta Colony