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Holi marks colorful start to new season

Junior chemistry majors Alessandra 
Zimmerman and Dylan Mori tagged each other with colored powder as part of this year’s Holi celebration. (credit: Courtesy of Alessandra Zimmerman) Junior chemistry majors Alessandra Zimmerman and Dylan Mori tagged each other with colored powder as part of this year’s Holi celebration. (credit: Courtesy of Alessandra Zimmerman)

Student group OM hosted a celebration for the Hindu holiday Holi last Saturday in Porter Hall and on Flagstaff Hill for interested students. The holiday, known as the Festival of Colors, is notable for how participants throw colored powder at each other. Most end up completely covered in all sorts of different bright shades. The event has a positive reputation on campus and draws large crowds every year.

Holi is a holiday that welcomes in the new season, celebrating the passing of winter and the arrival of spring through fun and festivities. While a Pittsburgh spring often consists of a few inches of snow and freezing temperatures, it was difficult to dampen the mood. The cold and wet day did nothing to deter students from packing the basement of Porter Hall.

OM accommodated well for the weather by hosting the pre-celebration preparations in Porter Hall. Participants received a free T-shirt for the event, printed with OM’s tagline for this year’s celebration, “Color Me If You Can.” Another nice touch was the Indian buffet open to those celebrating the holiday.

After a few small rain delays, the main portion of the celebration began on Flagstaff Hill. Packets of colored powder were sold for $1 outside Porter Hall, with which participants went wild. The chaos of all of the colors being thrown in the air and at other participants was incredibly fun. Anticipating when someone may hit you with a handful of powder was important, especially if you didn’t want to cough up blue for the rest of the day. While the event is usually attended by various groups of friends, the lines between friends, acquaintances, and strangers disappeared with the white of the T-shirts.

Overall, OM’s Holi celebration on campus was a truly unique and fun experience. The experience of being covered in all sorts of colors, blending together with a palette of friends and strangers alike, is truly memorable, and is an experience all Carnegie Mellon students should have.