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

  • Last date to submit your photos is July 4th 2016

  • The contest pics will go online on our Facebook page for public review and polling by July 7th 2016

  • Contest winners will be announced on July 15th 2016

  • Submit your Photos to holi@nycbhangra.com with the Subject "Photo Contest Entry".
  1. Register at the venue on Saturday, April 30th to qualify for submission.

  2. No Photographs will be accepted if not registered, on or before April 30th, 2016.

  3. Multiple photographs within each submission will be accepted.

  4. High Res JPEGs max size 12MB {RAW Files if applicable - will be called upon for verification}

  5. No Digital Altering allowed. All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDR (high dynamic range), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its natural way.

  6. Photographs submitted will be the property of NYC Bhangra & due credits will be given where ever applicable.


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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