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Indian students celebrate Festival of Colors

April 02, 2012 12:00AM

Holi participants throw colored powder into the air on Saturday in Gorilla Village

Members of the Indian Students Association shared Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, with the campus and the community on Saturday.

Holi is a Hindu festival observed at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month and is a celebration of the victory of good over evil.

Its most notable aspect is that participants throw colored powder and colored water at each other. In India, participants light bonfires on the eve of the festival in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad accomplished when Demoness Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burned but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of god Vishnu, escaped without injury because of his unshakable devotion.

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