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BLOOMINGTON FESTIVALS


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Every year, Bloomington puts on more than 15 major music, food and cultural festivals. Working with organizations both on and off-campus, the city puts on numerous events reflecting cultures from around the world.

Here is just a sample of some festivals held throughout the year.

For more information about these festivals and other events, check out www.idsnews.com/happenings and www.ois.indiana.edu.

WELCOME RECEPTION
IU's international students get to know each other during a welcome reception at the Leo Dowling International Center. The center organizes special events like this meet-and-greet to support the university’s 4,757 international students.

HOLI FESTIVAL
Holi is a Hindu festival welcoming the beginning of Spring. Known as the Hindu “Festival of Colors,” devotees traditionally cover each other with crushed and dyed rose petals which are meant to equalize all people despite their social status or gender.

LOTUS FESTIVAL
The Lotus Festival occurs every September and is meant to explore and celebrate different cultures of the world through music and arts.

VIETNAMESE CULTURE NIGHT
The Vietnamese Student Association’s Culture Night is an annual event that provides an opportunity to learn about the cultures, lifestyles, and traditions of Vietnam.

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Janeke Thumbran, a first year graduate student from South Africa, proudly displays her earrings from her home country during a welcome reception for Indiana University’s international students Friday evening at the Leo Dowling International Center. The center organizes special events like this meet-and-greet to support the university’s 4,757 international students during their education here. Olivia Elsner Buy Photos
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Students and community members celebrated Holi, a Hindu festival welcoming the beginning of Spring, on Friday, March 25, 2011 in Dunn Meadow. Known as the Hindu 'Festival of Colors,' devotees traditionally cover eachother with crushed and dyed rose petals which are meant to equalize all people despite their social status or gender. Ryan Dorgan Buy Photos
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The Whirling Devishes performed at the Buskirk Chumley Sunday night as part of the Lotus Festival. They performed a Sema Ritual which was inspired by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and influenced by Turkish customs and culture. Brian Urbanski Buy Photos

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