Quick facts about Hoil The ancient festival of India was originally known as "Holika." It's sometimes called the "festival of love." In the early years, it was a special rite performed by married women for the happiness and well-being of their families. The full moon, whose diety is Raka, was worshiped. The day of Holi sees people play with colors with their friends and families. In the evening, they show adoration and respect to their loved ones with Abeer, which is made of crystals or mica.

Holi festival organizers announce cancellation over coronavirus concerns

The 15th annual Color/Holi Festival has been canceled, organizers Sewa International Atlanta announced.

The event, which was scheduled to take place at the Cumming Fairgrounds March 15, is no longer going on as planned out of concerns over the coronavirus.

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“In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our 15th Annual Holi/Color Festival this year that was scheduled to be held on March 15, 2020 at the Cumming Fairgrounds. We are canceling the event to ensure the health and safety of our community, partner organizations, and volunteers who help us organize this event every year. We will keep you posted about our next event soon. Until then please stay safe,” read a message from the organization’s Facebook page.

The annual festival is touted as the largest festival in Georgia. This year’s gathering was set to include a kids play zone, food and dance.

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Sewa International, a Hindu faith-based, humanitarian nonprofit organization, is among many organizers that are canceling major events because of the new virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.  

Concerns about the coronavirus have resulted in the cancellation of several events and large gatherings. The AJC will monitor these announcements and keep you informed about any postponements, rescheduling and cancellations, but it’s best to check with venues or event organizers before making plans to attend. To get the latest on the coronavirus, download the AJC news app.

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