Photos: Indian celebration of Holi

Posted by Michael Arellano on Friday, Jun. 1 at 10:49 am.

Students of the Indian Subcontinent hosted the second annual celebration of the Hindu festival Holi on the Knight Library lawn, featuring hundreds of students throwing multicolored cornflower into the air and among each other. Holi is a daylong celebration of springtime colors, and student volunteers were on hand to distribute white t-shirts to the crowd prior to the festivities.

Quinn Bulloch is drenched in water by fellow freshman Cory Kenoyer during the Hindu celebration of Holi on the Knight Library lawn. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Hundreds of students throw their multicolored flour into the air in unison, creating a massive cloud that slowly crept across the lawn of the Knight Library before dissipating. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Students receive their packets of dyed Indian cornflower at stations on the Knight Library lawn staffed by members of the Students of the Indian Subcontinent. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Kelly Elmore receives her face paint from fellow freshman Cory Kenoyer. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Freshmen Quinn Bulloch and Cory Kenoyer embrace during the Hindu festival of Holi amidst clouds of multicolored flour. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Freshman Taylor Richmond displays the results of celebrating in the Indian festival of Holi, which featured clouds of multicolored flour thrown into the air and among the crowd of students. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Junior Josey Lee braces as a cloud of orange dyed flour is thrown into her face during the Holi celebration on the Knight Library lawn. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Students rejoice as yet another cloud of colored flour is thrown into the crowd on the Knight Library lawn, gathered to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

After being enveloped by clouds of multicolored flour during the Holi celebration, students welcomed the respite provided by a steady shower of cool water. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

A student makes use of the slip-n-slide on the Knight Library lawn to rinse clean after being covered in clouds of colored flour. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Hundreds of students gathered in the middle of the Knight Library lawn during the Holi celebration prior to throwing their multicolored packets of cornflower into the air in unison. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Graduate student Emily Hope Dobkin releases a cloud of colored flower into the air during the Hindu celebration of Holi on the Knight Library lawn. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Kourtney Vandewettering's vibrant face illustrates the aftermath of the colored flour thrown about during the Holi celebration. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Students enjoy the myriad photo opportunities that the Holi celebration provided, which featured face painting and clouds of multicolored flour thrown amidst the crowd. (Michael Arellano/Oregon Daily Emerald)



  • Uncle Bob

    Great work Michael!
    Now I understand your concern for your baby. That would have really messed up any camera. I’m sure a very careful cleaning was still needed.  Take Care
    Uncle Bob

  • Taylor R.

    As usual Michael kills it

  • Ravi

    hey are u going to post anymore pictures? 

  • Erin

    these are great pictures!!

  • http://twitter.com/rtsunoda Ray Tsunoda

    I can’t believe your lenses survived this. Great job, awesome coverage, I was wondering why my neighbor came  back looking like a Pollock painting, haha.

  • guest

    Awesome photos!

  • T

    Incredible photo’s.