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Festival of Color set for Saturday at Redmond City Hall

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This year's Festival of Colors will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at City Hall.
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For the third year, the Festival of Color returns to Redmond.

From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Redmond's City Hall campus at 15670 N.E. 85th St. will transform into an Indian celebration filled with music, dancing and color.

The Festival of Color announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. It promotes an atmosphere of social merriment and encourages people to find forgiveness with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind.

The belief is that once everyone is drenched in colors, everyone resembles each other, thus losing their original self and treating everyone equally, as all differences dissolve. People take delight in throwing color on each other with lots of enthusiasm and fun. The festival is meant to free all of inhibitions so they can relate to others with pure joy.

"The festival is considered an open celebration encouraging people of all religions, classes and ethnic background to join together as one in our community," said Redmond Mayor John Marchione. "It's a joyous festival that everyone should attend.

"The Festival of Color is being organized with grant support from the Redmond Arts Commission by the Vedic Cultural Center (VCC).

"We are pleased to partner with the City of Redmond again to offer the Festival of Color," said Harry Terhanian, president of the VCC. "This festival is designed to appeal to the entire community, suitable for all ages. We have plans to develop this into a signature Redmond event."

The festival is modeled after the traditional Indian spring color festival, Holi, is rooted in Indian mythology and tradition and marks the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated in India at the start of spring for pure enjoyment, with lighting a bonfire and play of colors.

"We have some exciting content lined up for the community this year," said Latha Sambamurti, Washington State Arts Commissioner and artistic director for the Festival of Color.

She said the festival will feature a countdown for the play of color, DJ Vinit Jain and other special guests, every half hour. There will also be a dance contest and a color contest, with prizes as well as food available for purchase.

Colors can be purchased online at tinyurl.com/kvk98fl. The Holi kit, which includes five bags of color, a plain White T-shirt and a snack item is $25. Online purchasers will be in a priority registration booth at the festival, with minimal wait time.

The City of Redmond is dedicated to supporting the public through dynamic programs that deepen the experience of community. Redmond's Arts Program has actively partnered with The Festival of Color for two years by providing a grant to support this engaging cultural event.

To learn more visit our web site at www.redmond.gov/ParksRecreation/artsandculture.

For more information about the Festival of Color, visit www.festivalofcolor.us.

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