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Photos: Celebrating Holi, The Hindu Festival Of Colors, At Boston College

Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
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Holi is a Hindu festival of spring, of colors and of love. And hundreds of Boston College students gathered on St. Clement’s Field on the Brighton Campus on Sunday afternoon to celebrate in the traditional way—by hurling handfuls of violet and orange and other vividly colored powders at each other in a massive, rollicking free-for-all.

The annual Holi celebration is organized on the campus by the South Asian Student Association as part playing colors, part outdoor dance party.

Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)

Neha Patel, a senior at the college and one of the organizers, recounted the Holi story. “In ancient times there was a king who was trying to kill his son because his son was trying to get the entire society to worship the Hindu god Krishna or Vishnu. The king was a demon. The king wanted everyone to worship him. So he tried to throw his son off a cliff. He tried to drown him. One day he put his son in his sister’s lap. Her name was Holika. She had a boon from the gods, who said she couldn’t die from a fire. But she was also evil.”

The story goes that she sat in a fire, expecting the son to burn and her own body to be impervious to the flames. In some accounts, she had a protective cloak. Whatever the case, she was wrong. “So she ended up dying in a fire, but the son lived," Patel said.

“So Holi is a celebration of survival, and good over evil, and new beginnings,” Patel said, “because the society had a new chance without the demon king ruling over them. Today Holi has become very modernized. The colors were introduced to celebrate the start of spring and vitality and life.”

Greg Cook is a co-founder of WBUR's ARTery. Follow him on Twitter @AestheticResear or the Facebook.

Organizers carry a tub of violet powder onto the field as they prepare to celebrate Holi. (Greg Cook)
Organizers carry a tub of violet powder onto the field as they prepare to celebrate Holi. (Greg Cook)
Digging cupfuls of violet powder out of a big bin. (Greg Cook)
Digging cupfuls of violet powder out of a big bin. (Greg Cook)
Hurling one of the first handfuls of violet powder into the air. (Greg Cook)
Hurling one of the first handfuls of violet powder into the air. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
The crowd pushes forward to get orange powder. (Greg Cook)
The crowd pushes forward to get orange powder. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)
Celebrating Holi at Boston College. (Greg Cook)

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