While on an MBA exchange programme at NUS, University of South Carolina student Jenny Chen joined us in celebrating Holi, the Indian festival of colours.
I first heard about Holi in an email conversation from a Moore alumnus who had come on exchange to NUS the year before. She described it as a holiday that “involves powdered colors, water and tons of food and fun.” Even though it was exactly as she had described, it still did nothing to prepare me for what exactly was to happen.
The NUS MBA Student Council organized its own Holi celebration the Sunday before the actual holiday on the following Wednesday. Girls and guys dressed in Indian costumes greeted my sight as I walked towards the MBA Lounge. There was Indian music on two big speakers, and piles of colored powder on the floor. Soon after, I was approached by fellow Indian MBAs with various colored powders. “Happy Holi!” they greeted as they smeared the powder on my cheek.