UF’s Holi festival celebrates spring, diversity with color

About 1,400 UF students danced to pop as they threw a rainbow of colored cornstarch into the air and onto their classmates.

The explosion of color momentarily blocked out the sun Saturday afternoon, creating clouds of red, pink, yellow, orange and blue. Students shrieked as friends and strangers smeared the powder on one another’s faces.

The Indian Student Association hosted its third annual UF Holi festival on Hume Field to celebrate the coming of spring.

Anjelika Chatwal, the festival’s director, said the event serves to foster diversity because participants can’t see the people they’re coloring with powder.

“When you have the colored powder on your face, you don’t know who the next person is,” said Chatwal, a UF behavioral and cognitive neuroscience sophomore. “You’re going to be running around in this field and just putting powder on anyone, without knowing who they are.”


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