Love and peace weren’t the only things in the air at the Festival of Colors presented by Simply Vedic at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion. All the colors of the rainbow were tossed into the air and onto all those who attended in an Indian tradition that celebrates the arrival of spring.
“We just want to share our culture with the community and this is a very joyous moment,” says president of Simply Vedic, Naveem Sharmi. ” The festival foster great joy and throwing your worries to the wind, and its nice to get together and celebrate with the community.”
Also know as Holi, the Festival of Colors is one of the oldest among Hindu traditions. This free event included music, food, and entertainment. The main attrition was the bags of organic flour that could be purchased for 2$ with proceeds funding local programs. At the top of every hour festival attendees gathered together to throw the flower into the air and on each other.
“You get to feel like a kid,” said attendee Jon Sallee. “You get to throw tons of color around and act like a kid. It’s wonderful.”
There was so much love in the air at the Festival of Colors that one young couple who attended last year made the trip back and took the opportunity to renew their wedding vows.
“It was for out 10th anniversary,” said Aaron and Denise Hoge. “We wanted to do something unique and really special so we called a fe friends to see if they wanted to come down and join us for the silliness.”
This years festival had twice as many visitors attend compared to last years event, and organizers expect an even bigger turnout next year.
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