For the past three years residents have celebrated the end of winter and the beginning of spring in a colorful fashion and this year was no different.
At the fourth annual “Festival of Colors” visitors could throw their cares and worries to the wind, literally, with dyed flour in every color of the rainbow.
All ages were welcome at the free event at the Grand Pavilion along the Riverwalk put on by Simply Vedic Cultural Society. The festival is the largest fundraiser for the not-for-profit.
“We are sharing a culture with the community and they get to know us a little bit,” said Simply Vedic President Naveen Sharma. “It’s bringing everyone together in peace and harmony, it’s good.”
At the top of every hour, attendees gathered together to throw the flour into the air and onto each other.
The idea is that participants will put everything aside for a day of fun and friendship, but many kids were excited for a different reason.
When asked why she liked the event, Woodridge resident Amora said, “because I get to get dirty.”
And it wasn’t just the little ones getting dirty.
“You get to go outside and act like a big kid [and] enjoy the weather,” said Amber Brennan and Amber Otten, also from Woodridge. “It’s great!”
“I noticed that the people in their 40’s and 50’s are having the most fun,” said Bruce Murphy, a Bartlett resident.
Beyond the flour, the event’s overall theme is to welcome a new beginning to your life with the arrival of spring.
“Throw your worries to the wind,” said Sharma. “Just enjoy life. You live a short life so just enjoy it.”
Event organizers said since the first year of the event the number of visitors has almost quadrupled each ear and they plan to continue to grow next year.
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