Downtown St. Catharines Holi Festival Recognized as One of the Top Events in Ontario

The St. Catharines Downtown Association (SCDA) is excited to announce that its Holi Festival of Color has been named one of the Top 100 Events in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) for 2023!

FEO made the announcement and presented the award on Wednesday, February 28, during the FEO Awards Gala as part of their 2024 “IMAGINE” Conference.

“We are absolutely thrilled for this event to be recognized as a top festival in Ontario,” said Rachel Braithwaite, Executive Director of the SCDA. “Our downtown is made up of unique and community-minded businesses that go above and beyond to create a welcoming downtown for all. This festival reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of our community. It’s a vibrant celebration, and we’re excited to see its continued growth.”

Hindu in origin, the Holi Festival celebrates a sense of harmony and happiness and is observed all around the globe. The festival was brought to the SCDA by Downtown Dental Centre owner Dr. Dimple Sharma, who saw an opportunity to celebrate the diverse culture in Downtown St. Catharines. “Organizing the Holi Festival has been a deeply enriching experience for me,” says Dr. Dimple. “Witnessing this cultural event grow has filled my heart with joy. Each year, it becomes more than just an event—it’s a canvas of unity, a tapestry of shared happiness that I have the privilege to help create and cherish in our community.”

The SCDA collaborated with Dr. Dimple and a dedicated team of volunteer committee members to make this event happen. The inaugural event in 2022 marked a unique milestone in the Niagara region, drawing an impressive turnout and fostering a sense of belonging and unity.

In 2023, the event witnessed an exponential surge in enthusiasm, attracting more participants, including visitors from across the province. This year, the Holi Festival is scheduled for June 22 and promises another vibrant celebration of community and culture.

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