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Members of the Asian Culture Club perform during the International Festival of Colors.

In vivid fashion, students hailed the beginning of spring by coloring each other with multicolored powder in recognition of Holi. A spring festival, also known as the festival of colors, Holi is an ancient Hindu religious tradition representing the start of spring in India.

This year’s International Festival of Colors was held March 20 on Dubuis Lawn and was collaboratively sponsored by Campus Life, International Affairs, the Institute of World Cultures, University Mission and Ministry, and ELS Language Centers. Approximately 400 attendees enjoyed a live DJ, food truck, henna tattoos, art, a zip line, and a dance performance by members of the Asian Culture Club.

Students participated in four rounds of throwing the dyed powder at one another and were encouraged to share “before and after” photos on social media.

In its third year, the event also celebrates the many cultures represented at UIW and provides an opportunity for students, domestic and international, to share their diverse traditions and heritage.

View more photos of UIW’s International Festival of Colors on the Institute of World Culture’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uiw.iwc

View video of the Festival of Colors on UIWTV!