Powdered colors cover students to welcome spring

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Published 2013-03-28T19:20:00Z”/>


Jessica Barber

<span style=”font-size: 12px;”>Brightly colored powder dusted Trinity Commons Wednesday as students celebrated Holi, the Hindu festival of colors.</span>

Holi marks the beginning of spring, and observers all over the world commemorate the occasion by throwing colored powder and water.

“It’s to celebrate the welcoming of spring and the happiness of colors,” said Indian Student Association President Aditya Goel, a sophomore computer science major. “The bright colors of the powder represent the bright colors of spring.”

Chico State’s Universal Networks in Travel and Education club partnered with the Indian Student Association to bring this celebration to campus.

The club provided event attendees with Indian food and 10 different colors of Holi powder, and KCSC radio played Indian music during the festival. Participants enjoyed covering each other in the bright array of colors.

“They counted down from ten, and then it was dust and color all over the place,” said Sarah Ward, a sophomore geography major.

Amelia Watkins, a junior gerontology student, said the festival exceeded her expectations.

“Once everyone started it was crazy and I got really into it,” Watkins said. “You were looking for people who were throwing different colors, trying to get as colorful as possible.”

More than 50 people took part in the event, and UNITE vice president Jessica Bremer was happy with the turnout.

“We used all of our powder and all of our food,” the senior business management major said. “The weather was perfect today and the event was a success.”

UNITE organizes events like the Holi festival of colors to celebrate many different cultural backgrounds.

“We put on cultural events and bring people together,” said UNITE president Becca Russell, a senior project management major. “It’s so important to make people aware of other cultures.”

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