for a good cause
The traditional Hindu festival of colours, Holi, is well known for its iconic imagery: participants celebrate the coming of spring by cheerfully dousing one another with brightly coloured water and powder. However, many may be unaware of the festival’s deeper significance – the event fosters a message of brotherhood and unity for all participants, and brings together people from different religious communities in many parts of South Asia.
Motivated by this message of unity across racial boundaries, each year Spice Radio – Vancouver’s South Asian radio station – launches “Raise Your Hands Against Racism,” a two-month campaign that aims to encourage Canadians to take a stand against racial injustice.
In recent times, some of the most prominent news stories have revolved around fear of the “other.” Whether it’s the Syrian refugee crisis, the rise of white supremacist groups, racially charged violence, or hate crimes even here, in British Columbia, these events embody a major theme of xenophobia which resonated deeply in our cultural consciousness.
A new year calls for a renewed commitment to care for one another with unwavering conviction.
Saturday, March 3rd @ The Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews)
12pm to 1pm – Main event
1pm to 4pm – Meet the team/celebrate Holi
Join us at our signature Hands Against Racism celebration which includes speeches, community recognition awards, cultural performances, and fun activities for families. We invite everyone to come enjoy the festival of Holi, and put colourful handprints on our anti-racism tableau.
Saturday, March 3rd @ The North Surrey Recreation Centre (10275 City Parkway)
12pm – 4pm
Join our team in putting colourful hands on paper to spread the message of diversity.