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Holy Holi!

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Photo by Elliott Nathan.

On Saturday, March 28, Academy of Art University students of all majors joined together to throw a mirage of colorful powder at 601 Brannan, leaving behind a great rainbow cloud. The Academy’s Indian Student Association, honoring India’s ancient Hindu celebration, Holi, hosted the event.

Holi is a spring festival also known as the “Festival of Colors” or the “Festival of Love,” and it celebrates good conquering evil. The ancient story talks of a time when there was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap who had an evil sister named Holika. The king earned a blessing that made him indestructible. He became so consumed with power that he commanded everyone to worship only him. His son named Prahlad, did not agree and instead worshiped Lord Narayana who was known to be God in infinite form. Holika tricked Prahlad into sitting with her on a pyre, she had a shawl that was fire proof and as the pyre burned, Prahlad chanted Lord Narayana’s name and the Lord spared him due to his devotion, while Holika burned. It was this triumph over evil intention through love that gave Holi its name derived from Holika.

The Indian Student Association is all about creating a home away from home for both Indian and non-Indian students. Bringing together students to laugh and have fun was the goal of this festival.

“I think it was a great school community event. It was nothing but positive and fun attitudes even with people who haven’t met before,” said Cat Borero, a fine art student who attended the event.