Bishop Ranch to host Holi festival Friday

Colorful celebration commemorates start of spring

San Ramon's Bishop Ranch is set to welcome spring with a colorful Holi festival Friday evening.

A traditional Indian celebration also known as the "Festival of Colors," Holi is held at the beginning of spring and centers around participants throwing wet and powdered colors on each other to promote friendship, love, the triumph of good over evil and saying goodbye to winter.

"We've been holding the Holi event at Bishop Ranch for four years now, and we love that this colorful and fun celebration of the beginning of spring brings together people from all over the East Bay," said Alexander Mehran, Jr., president and COO of Sunset Development Co., which owns and operates Bishop Ranch.

The free Holi celebration, open to residents of all ages, is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in the front parking lot of Bishop Ranch 2600 at 2600 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.

The event features the traditional throwing of colors as well as a variety of family-friendly activities such as face-painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances and live music. Food trucks will also be on-site.

Bishop Ranch representatives reminded attendees to wear old clothes, or clothing people don't mind having covered in paint -- and they said white clothes usually work best.

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Posted by Shirley
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 30, 2016 at 9:03 am

Wondering about this upbeat tradition I found that "Holi also celebrates the legend of Radha and Krishna which describes the extreme delight, Krishna took in applying colour on Radha and other gopis. This prank of Krishna later, became a trend and a part of the Holi festivities."
More at:

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

So Sunset Development will put money towards this hootenanny but not to an Independence Day event?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm

I agree with Chuck, San Ramon lost it's really great July 4th fireworks (no safe place to have it anymore)& Sunset Development decides to host a festival from India that has nothing to do with American culture? Does this have anything to do with the excessive proliferation of H1B visas? You bet it does.

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Posted by Andreasen
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

What a disappointment! Our great multicultural land must be celebrated and strengthened by the support of its character and principles by which all cultures can be welcomed. This is more important than ever with our very existence threatened by uncontrollable, spreading terrorism. And this an election year! Put AMERICA FIRST.

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Posted by John Q
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 6, 2016 at 6:34 am

I feel pity for Chuck and Resident in this thread, who so sorely misunderstand what America stands-for that they feel threatened by another group of Americans expressing their cultural heritage as They see fit. These folks fear such a loss of control that they lash out anonymously in threads like this, and want to wag their finger and try to direct how other people act, spend their money and celebrate. These kinds of cowards have been known to hide behind masks, after dark, and burn crosses, and it's shameful.

I'm afraid, too. I fear that somebody who did not know better might be led to believe that this kind of hateful, fetid compost represents a significant portion of the sentiment in this valley. If that were the case, then shame on us. I am confident, however, that these lunatic sentiments represent a small stagnant pool in the current of American life. It stinks, but just a little, and it doesn't alter the course of American progress.

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

John Q.
I lived in San Ramon for 25 years although I recently moved out of the State. I still have family and friends in San Ramon. Contrary to what you might think I don't hide my face behind a bed sheet nor do I have Trump campaign signs on my property.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 6, 2016 at 8:29 am

Chuck, what kind of Independence Day celebration did you want Sunset to do?

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Posted by Chuck
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 6, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Back in the 90's and early 2000's San Ramon put on a fantastic fireworks show at Central Park. Residents all the way down towards Montevideo could see the fireworks. It wasn't a major event but enough to make memories for both the young and young at heart. I don't understand why Sunset would host this ridiculous shindig instead of put a little money towards what was once a San Ramon tradition.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

This is addressed to John Q (who appears to be a fervent politically correct type that has lost any of his critical thinking skills.)

Many American tech workers, who are being laid off, are being forced to train their replacements who are foreign workers holding H1B visas that will work for less money. Please see the following:

[Portion removed due to promoting a website]

Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up
by Patrick Thibodeau | Jan. 28, 2016

IT workers are challenging the replacement of U.S. employees with foreign visa holders. Lawsuits are on the rise and workers are contacting lawmakers.
(the laid off workers are being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, otherwise, they loose their severance packages.)

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Posted by John Q
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 10, 2016 at 9:09 am

First off, I am sick to death of fringe-righties spewing the specious term “politically correct” to disparage anyone who objects to their hateful, xenophobic lashings-out. You’re not ‘telling it like it is,’ you’re venting your angry, fearful spleen in the general direction of anyone you view as different. There’s a word for that, and it’s not ‘critical thinking.’ Let’s take a look at your link to show what I mean.

Instead of aiming your ire at the greedy conglomerates that did not retrain but instead laid-off, mistreated and muzzled their workers (all of whom you seem to assume are good Americans, meaning waspy white, but they weren’t, per a re-linked Disney article), you want to blame individual workers, here and abroad, who are working hard to build themselves better lives. That, of course, is why your immigrant ancestors and mine came to this land of opportunity (but that’s different because they were white?).

You also display complete ignorance of the H1B program, one critical element of which is that the worker has specialized skills not otherwise available to the sponsoring company! Here’s a link to the Dept of Labor description of the program (but beware, they’re probably politically correct, too). [Portion removed due to promoting a website]

Next, you equate outsourcing with H1B work – they are completely different phenomena, with very different economic impacts that require rational thought to discern. I’m not hopeful on that score, so I’ll leave it at that.

But the biggest, most odious leap of illogic is to use the announcement of a joyful celebration you don’t understand as your flimsy excuse to lash-out, claiming that the celebration is somehow un-American, and assuming all the celebrants are not Americans, and that they are tech workers displacing Americans. Wrong on every score.

It is Completely American to celebrate your religious and cultural heritage as you see fit -- or should we cancel Columbus Day, Easter, Hanukkah and the Greek Festival? It’s a treasured American freedom, with which YOU are the one out-of-step. Do these things replace the Fourth of July? No, they Enrich it!

America continues to evolve, according to timeless principles. You, however, are in danger of extinction and your racial and religious intolerance are indeed a fetid backwater. Get with it, dino.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 10, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Wow, John Q, I must have really touched a nerve with you, judging by your politically correct fuming and ranting, which appears to not only diminish American workers hurt by H1b excesses, but you also appear to put no value on American cultural norms. Political correctness has altered your view of reality.

It is easy to profile (yes, I said "profile") one with your values, you must have had a Norwegian ancestor, since your last name starts with "Q", it is highly likely that your last name is "Quisling" (for those that flunked history, Google that name.)

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Posted by John Q
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Nice fact-free response. The best defense is to be offensive, eh, Rez?

If you can't defend your claims, there's always ad hominem attacks. Perhaps that's your version of "an American cultural norm," but it's not very close to 'critical thinking.' Again, and I'm typing s-l-o-w-l-y this time, American workers aren't hurt by H1Bs unless their employer refuses to train them for specialized skills they don't currently have.

And here's another fact for you to gum-on: there's a maximum of 65,000 H1B visas issued ANNUALLY. We have been adding roughly FOUR TIMES that many American jobs, every MONTH. Thanks, Obama!

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