The event widely known as the Festival of Colors is held in Spanish Fork, Utah for two days each spring.
The Indian name for the festival is Holi, a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. It leaves participants as bright as the colors of the season.
The festival consists of throwing colored chalk, live music, yoga and dance.
The event welcomes all ages, religions and even encourages families to attend.
Several BYU-Idaho students also traveled to Spanish Fork, Utah, to celebrate.
Hannah Bequette, a junior studying business management, said students attend the festival as a way to get out of Rexburg and experience different cultures.
“I honestly don’t know a lot about Hindu culture or traditions, but they do talk about loving everyone and very free-spirited type of thing, and … it’s a good message,” Bequette said.
This ancient celebration honors fertility, color, love and the triumph of good versus evil.
The activities are designed to be inclusive with a theme of unity.
“My favorite part, honestly, was just being in a big crowd of people, because there’s a lot of energy and everyone’s jumping and dancing and having a good time, ” said Jordan Taylor, a senior studying nursing.
Friskita Griffiths is from Albania, and she recently moved to Utah and decided to attend. This was her first time at the Festival of Colors and she said it will not be her last.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she said she found a few similarities of beliefs between the Hindu religion and her own.
“We (she and her husband) were just talking to a monk and he said they believe in serving God and serving all human beings, and I think, as a Mormon, we believe in serving people, and we know that if we serve people we are serving our own God,” Griffiths said.