Aarti – The Cornerstone of Hindu Prayer

(Post by Eliz Kochniarczyk, Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre) Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre, and I (Elizabeth Kochniarczyk) visited the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana in South Bend, Indiana. We visited twice: once for the celebration of Holi, or the Hindu celebration of colors, and once for a Friday prayer service. For our audio recordings,…

Holi: The Festival of Colors

(Post by Eliz Kochniarczyk, Kathryn Mathews, Yaritza Vidaurre) On Sunday, March 23rd, The Hindu Temple and Community Center of Michiana celebrated Holi, the festival of colors. Holi is a lively celebration which engages the traditions of several Hindu legends. It is also a holiday where, for one day, caste is forgotten and everyone joins together…