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Staten Island celebrates color festival

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The Staten Island Ballpark in St. George was awash in all the colors of the wind, as the Indian Holi Festival took on a life of its own here on Staten Island today from noon to 5 p.m. This event was a celebration of "Holi Powder" a traditional celebration of Indian people, added The Staten Island Advance yesterday (July 26). For more on the story visit http://www.silive.com.

"A trio of large-scale events are taking place over the next three weeks. Each of the events — "Color Festival," "EDM Color Wars" and "Run or Dye" — is unrelated but all have one star attraction: "Holi Powder," added SI Live.

"This kaleidoscopic party trend is taking the United States by storm but hails from India, where it serves as a traditional reminder to cast away bad feelings and throw worries to the wind by joining the throngs of people laughing, dancing, running, eating, and filling the sky with clouds of bright color," according to The Advance. If the festival reminds you of Woodstock, this is not a coincidence.

According to the report, the colors used are plant-based, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Made from food-grade cornstarch. The Color Festival ran from noon to 5 p.m. July 26 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, 75 Richmond Terrace, St. George. Tickets were $20.

"When Caru Das held the very first Festival of Colors at his Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, there were 17 people in attendance. Nearly 15 years later, more than 80,000 people from around the world travel thousands of miles each year to attend this amazing event," according to The Advance.

"I am thrilled to be working with Viral Events to bring this joyous festival to Staten Island for people of all ages and walks of life," says Das, founder and master of ceremonies in today's newspaper report. "This is a time for people to come together and live in harmony and Color Festival is the perfect way to allow everyone to take part."

Highlights of the colorful festival included live musicians, dancers, yoga instructors, and more, resulting in what Das calls "an unforgettable experience that will help you re-center your life on what matters most, and create memories to last a lifetime."

In India, the Festival of Colors (Holi) announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter: "The festival breathes an atmosphere of joy and love. People embrace each other in a spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness, and gratitude. Every nook and corner presents young and old alike covered in color, singing, dancing, laughing together," adds Das. If you missed today's extravagant ballpark alive in a crowd drenched in color, then don't forget this visit http://www.ColorFestival.com.

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