Our 7th annual Holi Hai festival, organized by NYC Bhangra, is a FREE ADMISSION event. Please register here to attend this event. For more information, check out our FAQs.

Welcome to the happiest festival in New York City! Holi Hai, also known as the Festival of Colors, celebrates the coming of spring, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. All nationalities and ethnicities are encouraged to participate! Make sure to wear white because this party gets colorful. The colored powders used in Holi represent happiness, love, and the freedom to live vibrantly. Take the opportunity to cover yourself and your friends in colorful powders and dance your heart out. Enjoy musical performances, delicious food, and an afternoon of messy, free fun!

What is Holi?

Check out this video from 2015 to see what Holi is all about

How it went down in previous years!

2014 & 2013


Call To Artists - Join Us on the Stage of Holi Hai

Please fill out application here.
Showcase your talent in front of thousands of people in New York City! For the past 6 years Holi Hai has successfully brought together over 55 groups & 300 artists to perform on the stage (size 24W X 20D). It is the ‘happiest’ Holi festival in the city.

All participating artists will:

  • Be awarded with a recognition certificate
  • Be highlighted on our website and marketing/promotional material for the event
  • Receive professional pictures (via email) of their performance

Please send this application form to Festival Coordinator, at nyholiffest@gmail.com , or drop off at: NYC Bhangra, 520 8th Ave, 16th floor, NY

Holi Hai 2014

Take a look at some of the best shots from Holi 2014. For additional photos, check us out on Facebook.
Don’t forget to bring your camera to this year’s event and participate in our Annual Photo Contest.
Check out the winner of 2014 Photo Contest below!

Holi Hai 2013

Photo Contest Rules & Regulations

The Winner of 2014 Photo Contest - Allen Xie

    Dates, Submissions, Rules, Winners, Prizes, etc.

  • Dates:
  • Last date to enter: 5/23/2016
    Contest Starts: 4/30/2016
    FB Voting starts: 5/05/2016
    *Enter early to increase your chances
    Shortlist announced: 5/27/2016
    Winners announced: 5/30/2016
  • Submissions:
  • Enter the photo contest by uploading your photo at: NYCHOLI.COM/PHOTOCONTEST
    Upload on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM with hashtags #nycHoli AND #nycBhangra
    You may submit any number of entries while the contest is running.
    All entries will be approved by admins before appearing in the gallery for voting.
    ALL PHOTOS MUST be from the NYC BHANGRA HOLI HAI 2016 Festival on April 30th (https://www.facebook.com/events/476140212578691)
    Pictures taken from any device, camera or phone are allowed.
    You may submit individual photos OR a collage (with a minimum of 5 photos in the collage).
    Individual photos and collages will be judged separately.
    Photos and collages should be:
    1) Min. Resolution of 300 dpi (Hi-Res)
    2) Min. Size of 600x600 pixels
  • Winner selection:
  • Entries will be shortlisted
    Winners decided by a panel of judges*
  • Prizes:
  • Best photo will be awarded a prize of $200
    Best collage will be awarded a prize of $75
  • Waiver:
  • All submissions may be used by NYC Bhangra for publishing, promotional and marketing purposes with due credit. *If no photo or collage is deemed to be fit for the prize, winner in that category will not be announced.


To fully experience the Holi Culture and Traditions, you must taste it.
Great Indian Food and other Vendors will help you get there.


Hand Crafted



Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any other question, give us a shout.

No, the color powders are made of natural ingredients and are not hazardous. Please keep in mind that colors or powders purchased outside the festival are not permitted. You can buy colors at the venue. As a tradition, trays of colors are passed around to kick off the event in the beginning!

No, this event is free entry for all, but a ticket is required for entry. Reserve your ticket here.

Anyone and everyone is invited! We welcome all nationalities and ethnicities to join us in our Holi celebration. The purpose of this festival is to celebrate life, color and happiness - the more, the merrier!

We recommend that you wear white or light-colored clothing so that the full impact of the colors is easily seen. Although the colored powder washes out of most clothing, it is a good idea to choose clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Note that the colors will wash off your skin and hair.

If you are bringing your phone or other electronics, we recommend using a plastic bag to protect these devices from the colored powder.

No, there is no age restriction for this event. Everyone is invited - young and old!

There will be a variety of vendors offering food and beverages for purchase. Food and beverages purchased outside the event will not be allowed on premises.


Dag Hammerskjold Plaza

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    New York, NY 10017
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