Redmond celebrates spring with Festival of Color | SLIDESHOW

The City of Redmond held its first-ever Festival of Color on March 23 to welcome in spring. More than 1,000 attended the event at Downtown Park.

See the rainbow. Taste the rainbow. Throw the rainbow?

On Saturday, Redmond was home to the first-ever Festival of Color at the city’s Downtown Park. The sun-kissed afternoon featured live music, a vegetable cuisine and a cloud of cotton-drenching colors.

Event vendors served a multi-cultural crowd with fried pastries, seasoned fries and vegetable fritters as rock music rang free in the park.

At around 1 p.m., family and friends tossed shades of the rainbow — colored powder and water — on each other to celebrate Holi, a springtime festivity in India.

The Vedic Cultural Center, a spiritual center in Sammamish, hosted the event, which drew more than 1,000 people.

“The Festival of Color is a sacred festival that has been held for thousands of years. People pray for each other and celebrate that through a playful toss of color,” said Balarama Lila Das, an educator with Vedic University at the Vedic Cultural Center.

The Festival of Color promoted community-bridging values, which are noted on its website; this festival treats everybody equally — all differences dissolve in the colors that flow in plenty.

Volunteers with the Vedic Cultural Center staffed the Festival of Color to promote a culture of service, according to Lila Das.

“Everybody is smiling,” Lila Das added. “We want to promote selfless service.”