As the band Namrock chanted "Hare, Hare, Krishna, Krishna," spring is welcomed with Holi, the Festival of Color, in downtown Redmond Saturday. Holi is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and kindness over cruelty. Corn starch-based color packets were thrown at the event, which was sponsored by the Vedic Cultural Center.
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Participants in the Holi Festival of Colors throw colors at one another in downtown Redmond. The belief is that once everyone is drenched in colors, everyone resembles each other, lose their original self and will treat everyone equally as all differences dissolve.
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In celebration of Holi, a festival marking the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and kindness over cruelty, a crowd paints themselves with corn starch-based color packets at an event sponsored by the Vedic Cultural Center. The band Namrock played music while participants danced. For more information on their band, visit http://namrock.com.
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Virtually no part of Steve Whitford's head was untouched by the colored powders.
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A participant in the Holi Festival of Colors gets excited after throwing colors.