Colorful powder flew through the air, turning attendees’ once-white clothes into vibrant reds, blues, and oranges on Saturday during the University of Florida’s second annual Holi celebration.
The event was hosted by the Indian Students Association, Student Government, UF Savant Leadership Honorary, Indian Grad Student’s Association and UF Intercultural Engagement.
Hundreds gathered on UF’s Flavet field as music played, food was handed out eaten and colored cornstarch was thrown in celebration of the Hindu holiday.
Also known as the festival of colors, Holi is known throughout the streets of India for its colored powder, which is thrown in celebration of spring, love, peace and diversity.
It is “probably the least religious of Hindu holidays,” according to the event’s website, and the traditional Indian holiday has become popular with non-Hindus throughout the world.
A local group of Hare Krishnas served free lunch for those in attendance.
After the colorful fun came to an end, participants sprayed off with water hoses and played in the resulting mud.
Covered in bright colors, a woman puts on her sunglasses to prevent the colored cornstarch from getting in her eyes.