Holi: Festival of Color

By on April 18, 2018

 

3-year-old Shanvi Jegan applies the colored powder on her father, Dhanapal during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

 

The people mingle during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018. (Photos by Andy Blackburn/LNP)

Members of the South Asian Association of Lancaster took advantage of the sunny, warm weather Saturday to enjoy music, games, food and an ancient, colorful tradition as part of the group’s sixth annual Holi celebration, or Festival of Color.

The event, which celebrates the advent of spring and the triumph of good over evil, took place in Manheim Township Community Park south of Lititz.

Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated in India, Nepal, and several other countries around the world. Its origins date back to at least the fourth century.

As part of the celebration, Lancaster festivalgoers at Holi adorned each other with brightly colored powder in various hues. The tradition is thought to be rooted in the idea of making everyone equal by making everyone’s skin color the same during the festival.

The people mingle during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The women participate in the bean bag race during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Harjit Singh participates in the lemon spoon race during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The people mingle during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Hans Raj applies the colored powder on a person during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Shikha Papaiya applies the colored powder to her daughter, 8 month-old Ananya as Dharmesh looks on during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

3-year-old Shanvi (l) and 5-year-old Friday Jegan play with the colored powder during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

The men participate in the lemon spoon race during the Festival of Color at Manheim Township Community Park in Lititz on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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