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'Festival of Colors' returns to Naperville

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  • The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which rejoices at the arrival of spring. Participants like Natalie Barlowe of Glen Ellyn, left, and Danny Hochstatter, right, throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.

       The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which rejoices at the arrival of spring. Participants like Natalie Barlowe of Glen Ellyn, left, and Danny Hochstatter, right, throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which rejoices at the arrival of spring. Participants like Hannah Brezinski and Michelle Holmes, both of Hanover Park, throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.

       The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which rejoices at the arrival of spring. Participants like Hannah Brezinski and Michelle Holmes, both of Hanover Park, throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Sal Gualtieri gives a ride to his son Miles Gualtieri, 2, of Naperville as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.

       Sal Gualtieri gives a ride to his son Miles Gualtieri, 2, of Naperville as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Dhol player Mehul Adhikari of Palatine leads the way as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.

       Dhol player Mehul Adhikari of Palatine leads the way as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which celebrates the arrival of spring. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.

       The Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosts the annual Festival of Colors in celebration of Holi, which celebrates the arrival of spring. Participants throw packets of colored powder/flour at each other in honor of the changing seasons in Naperville.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A "cloud of color" descended on downtown Naperville Saturday as the Simply Vedic Cultural Society hosted its annual celebration of the Hindu festival Holi.

The sixth annual Festival of Colors was held at the Riverwalk to celebrate the arrival of spring and the culture of India. Organizers say the festival is an opportunity for people to forget past disagreements and "throw their worries to the wind."

Part of that involves what organizers call the "throwing of colors" -- tossing dyed flour at friends or strangers. There was also food and music.

Organizers say Simply Vedic provides community services and promotes cultural diversity. It publishes a quarterly theme magazine, Vedic Quest. For details, visit thefestivalofcolors.org.

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