Story By Brittany Leiberman / Managing Editor

Photos by Miguel Espinoza / Staff Photographer

Pelting neon colored powder at strangers never felt so friendly.

Hundreds of people took to the Excelsior High School soccer field in Norwalk on Saturday, March 8, to participate in the Hindu celebration of Holi.

Holi is celebrated in the Spring and promotes togetherness, music and traditional Indian foods. Holi is scheduled to hit Escondido, Salt Lake City, Oceanside and San Bernardino later this year.

LBCC student Anthony Galaz, 24, a music major, brought his family for an afternoon of music and color. Galaz said, “Nothing else brings people together quite like good music and food. It’s about oneness and acceptance.”

Melissa Jimenez, 20, a photography major, came to photograph the event, dance and sling neon powder at festival-goers. “It’s a colorful escape,” Jimenez said.

Event organizer Charu Das said roughly 80,000 people attend the celebration each year in Spanish Fork, Utah, where he founded the Temple Hare Krishna.

“Holi is about renewal, and realizing that each individual is a masterpiece. We need each other and should not feel we have to face problems on our own,” Das said.