Residents threw colors of the rainbow around at Central Park to celebrate the arrival of spring at the third annual Festival of Colors.
Bags of brightly colored powder sold for two dollars and ethnic food for five dollars. Friends and foes alike encouraged each other to throw colored powder at one another symbolizing throwing their worries to the wind.
“I liked throwing the colors at each other,” said Zeth a Naperville resident. And Hayden, a resident of Michigan said, “It’s super fun!”
It’s the largest fundraiser for the non-profit Simply Vedic Cultural Society. The organization is dedicated to serving seniors and the youth of Naperville.
“For youth we do science and math educations for them and for seniors we give them a forum where older people they can come chat a little bit and have fun,” said Naveen Sharma the Founder of Simply Vedic.
Music and face painting helped complete the celebration. Organizers said the event offered a chance for those to forgive and forget and to promote friendship.
Naperville is one of four cities around the country to hold this festival. Cities in Utah, California and Massachusetts also celebrated the annual Indian event.
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