Photo brief: Holi 2014 — Unity in celebration

The LBJ Library lawn saw a crowd students dressed in white Sunday, covered in assorted colored powders ranging from blue and red to yellow and pink. The beautiful weather was the perfect companion to the traditional Indian festival of Holi, or the “Festival of Colors.”

Holi is an important festival for Hindus and is a cocktail of dance, music and color, which celebrates the beginning of spring. UT’s Hindu Students Association’s annual Holi celebration succeeded in bringing UT’s diverse, international student body together to celebrate.

Each spring, Holi is celebrated across India with a nationwide color war, throwing handfuls of either colored powder or water.

The event was originally scheduled to be held March 23 but was postponed to Sunday because of weather-related concerns. In most years, Holi is held at South Mall but was relocated to the LBJ Lawn because of new efforts by the University to use South Mall less for large events to prevent replacing the grass frequently.

As students formed lines snaking along the perimeter of the LBJ lawns to pick up packets of the coveted colored powder, the event’s DJ, Deejay Chet, played songs ranging from popular Bollywood and pop to fast-paced Indian folk music. With photo opportunities and memories created at this color carnival, UT’s Holi was a celebration spanning continents and cultures.