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Students celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colors.

Holi Smokes!

By John Masson
April 4, 2013

Sure, there's still a little chill in the air in Ann Arbor, but spring can't be far away when it's time for the Law School's annual celebration of Holi, the Indian festival of colors.

This year, students observed the holiday—held the day after the first full moon in March—at Phid House, known formally as the Kent Inn of Phi Delta Phi, a co-ed fraternity for law students just down Madison Street from the Law Quad. Check out our Holi image gallery.

Temperatures were a little low, but spirits were high. The South Asian Law Students Association not only procured every imaginable color in powder form, but also provided lunch from A Taste of India, which served to help warm everybody up.

The students were still digesting their basmati rice when the Phid front lawn became a scene of colorful chaos. At the end of a short countdown, a 20-minute free-for-all broke out as students lunged for paper bowls full of finely ground, brightly colored powders and began flinging handfuls at each other.

No one was spared. Clouds of bright color floated over the neighborhood as unsuspecting Ann Arborites strolled by on their way to Easter services. Before long the students had taken to dumping whole bowls of color over each other's heads and down each other's shirts. By the time it was over, some participants actually seemed to glow.

For Hindus, Holi marks the arrival of spring and also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The object is simple: Enjoy life. And have fun coating your friends—and anyone else in the neighborhood—with as much colorful powder as possible. Mission accomplished, Michigan Law.

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