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The History, Traditions, and Meaning Behind Holi; Plus, The 2023 Rodeo Houston Gold Buckle Foodie Awards

An expert discusses this Hindu festival of colors and how it’s celebrated.



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From funnel cake to food-on-a-stick, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has tasty treats to indulge in between all the events. Today, the best of the best were crowned at the annual Gold Buckle Foodie Awards. Brooks Bradford, HLSR Chairman of the Commercial Exhibits Committee, joins us to discuss the food competition and the winners in each of the six categories.

Then, we shift topics to discuss Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, which represents the divine triumph of good over evil and celebrates the welcoming of spring.

Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma, Instructional Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Houston, explains the history and mythology behind the traditions of Holi and how its celebrated.

Dr. Borkataky-Varma also discusses how multiculturism has changed and influenced Holi, and well as her thoughts on the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.

Houston is home to several Holi Festivals, including the Bellaire's Holi Festival, which will take place on March 11, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Bellaire-Zindler Park. The festival will feature entertainment, music, and of course, colors.



Brooks Bradford

  • Chairman of the Commercial Exhibits Committee, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma

  • Instructional Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Houston
  • Center for the Study of World Religions Fellow at Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

Himanshu Upadhyaya

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