Color naming

AAPI Montclair will host Color Run on April 3, celebrating Holi and Songkran

(ADAM WHITLOCK VIA UNSPLASH)

AAPI Montclair is hosting its first Color Run on Sunday April 3 to celebrate the spring festivals of Holi and Songkran.

Holi is a popular Hindu festival, also known as the ‘Festival of Colors’ and the ‘Spring Festival’, where entire streets and towns turn red, green and yellow as people throw colored powder at l air and splash them on others, AAPI Montclair said in an announcement for the event.

Songkran in Thai means “to move” or “to change places”. Songkran is known for its water festival and people celebrate by indulging in water games. Thais believe that water is purifying – that it cleanses you of any bad luck or grievance of the past year and blesses you with fortune and happiness for the year to come, the ad says.

Runners will run a closed course inside Brookdale Park and will be splashed at the end with colored powder and water. There will be a no-color, no-splash option.

Children are welcome and all participants receive personalized t-shirts with the Color Run logo.

A 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. and a 1-mile Fun Run will start at 9:30 a.m., the announcement says.

Early bird rates will continue through March 20 – $30 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile Fun Run. Prices will then increase to $35 for the 5K and $30 for the 1 mile.

Confidential fee waivers are available by emailing [email protected]

10% of the race fee will be donated to each racer’s PTA of choice, by entering the school name as the code at checkout. The codes are: BRADFORD, BUZZALDRIN, BULLOCK, EDGEMONT, GLENFIELD, HILLSIDE, MHS, NISHUANE, NORTHEAST, RMS, WATCHUNG.

All proceeds raised will support AAPI Montclair’s mission to create a more inclusive community by enhancing the diverse experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, advocating for the rights and representation of AAPI, and promoting awareness. and education around the culture and history of AAPI, the announcement states.

To register and learn more about the event, visit the events page on the AAPI website, aapimontclair.org.

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