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Diwali 2010

Date: 30th October, 2010
Venue: Gemindehaus St. Marien, Marktstrasse 50, Heidelberg

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Holi Celebrations 2010
Date: 13th March 2010
Venue: DKFZ Casino, INF 280, Heidelberg 69120.
A funfilled evening with Dance, Music, Games, Food, and Bollywood Dance floor.
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Indian Republic Day
Venue: K2-Hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, DKFZ , HD-69120
Date & Time: 26th Jan'10, 8.00 A.M

New Years Celebrations

Venue:  Firebowl, Bergheimer Strasse 139-151, 69115 Heidelberg (near Betriebshof haltestelle)
Date & Time:   31st Dec'09, 19:00 hrs onwards

Diwali Celebrations 2009
Date: 24th October 2009
Venue: DKFZ Casino, INF 280, Heidelberg 69120.
A funfilled evening with Dance, Music, Games, Food, and Bollywood Dance floor.
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 International Non-Violence day
in commemoration of Gandhi-Jayanti
Date: 26th of September 2009,16.00 hrs onwards
Venue:DKFZ K1 Hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 280.
Supported by: CGI-Munich and DKFZ
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Date: 22nd August 2009, Saturday
Venue: Firebowl, Bergheimer Strasse 139-151, 69115 Heidelberg
Time: 19:00 hrs onwards

Date: 15th August 2009, Saturday
Venue: University Sportzentru, Im Neuenheimer Feld 720, Heidelberg
Time: 09:00 to 12:00 hrs

Date: 26th July 2009, Sunday
Venue: Neckerwiese, Heidelberg
Time: 16:00 hrs onwards

A colorful representation of Indian festivals, presented by seasons
Date: 13th June 2009, Saturday
Venue: Info Cafe International, Altstadt, Heidelberg
Time: 19:00 hrs onwards

Classical music concert
Date: 06th May 2009
Venue: DKFZ auditorium, Im Neunheimer Feld
Time: 18:30 hrs onwards

HOLI - 2009
Date: 14th March 2009
Venue: DKFZ casino,INF 280, Heidlberg
Time: 18:30hrs onwards

New Year - 2009 celebrations
Date: 31st December 2008
Venue: University guest house hall, INF 370
Time: 19:00 hrs onwards


International Poetry evening
HISA has taken active part in the international poetry evening organized by the Council of Foreign Citizens Living in Heidelberg by representing literature in four Indian languages.
Date: 23rd November 2008
Venue: Spiegelsaal of the Prinz Carl Palace, Kornmarkt 1, Heidelberg

Date: 2nd November 2008
Venue: DKFZ casino, INF 280
Time: 17:00 hrs onwards

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Holi - from its mythological past to its present. The festival of Holi actually starts the night before with a bonfire made up of all the dried leaves and branches left through the winter. It is a way of clearing these and making way for spring. Metaphorically though, the fire is meant to signify the destruction of evil - the burning of the ‘Holika’ - a mythological character. The heat from the fire is also a reminder that winter is behind and that the hot summer days are ahead.

The following morning begins with worshipping Krishna by lovingly smearing his idol with ‘gulal’ - the colours used to play Holi. This is a festival that is as much a gateway to celebrate the arrival of spring as much as it is a way to celebrate the season of love. Krishna is the ultimate lover with his ‘gopikas’, who are a bunch of beautiful women that Krishna forever seems to be chasing. And yet this icon of love spends most of his time seeking out his only lover Radha. So Krishna’s love is the epitome of the freshness of youth amidst all its playfulness. Without Krishna and his lover Radha there can be no Holi.

Krishna’s mythological presence in Holi is undisputed. It is said that the festival is also a celebration of the death of Pootna - the demon who nearly killed Lord Krishna. The effigy of Pootna burnt the night before, therefore, ends up signifying death itself just as Pootna typifies winter and darkness.

There are more stories. This is the one about Holika who believed herself to be immuned to death by fire. And yet when she questions her nephew Prahlad’s devotion to the ultimate of Gods, Vishnu and threatens to walk through fire with the intention to destroy the prince, she is herself consumed by the fire whereas the prince comes out unscathed. This is the Holika that is burnt the night before Holi as the triumph of the good over evil.

This is where the celebration with colours comes in. Holi is supposed to be an exuberant show of goodwill and cheer. The riot of colours follows a revelry of colour play - quite unmatched in its boisterousness - and takes place amidst the sprinkling or the shower of coloured powder. And when this is combined with water it is anything but a damp squib. Everybody is welcome and everybody is pardoned for his or her revelry