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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 8:44 pm

Clouds of color filled the air as students celebrated Holi, a festival native to India that signifies the importance of love through color.

The festival was held on Fields Hall Lawn and was attended by students from America, India and Nepal. Holi is a Hindu tradition, originating from the Braj region of India, where the deity Krishna was said to have been raised. 

“It’s my first Holi in America and I had not expected it to be this great here,” said Satyam Shrivastav, an international student from Nepal.  

In addition to India, Holi is also celebrated frequently in the surrounding countries where Hinduism is common.   

During the celebration, the tradition of spreading gulal, a colored powder used for Hindu rituals, on friends was practicedas well as splashing color with water balloons and eating traditional Indian foods. Through Holi, students who were not educated on the Hindu culture learned new ways to celebrate love and positivity. 

“I think it’s good to be able to get people involved and actually be able to experience something new that they would have never known before and bring people together,” said Kristen Hamm, an art major and member of the International Peer Mentoring Program. 

Hamm said events like the Holi Festival greatly benefit international students who often get homesick living in a culture that is not their own.  

The celebration helped students feel a little closer to home while attending Morehead State oceans away from their home country. 

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