Photo Gallery: Sisters Celebrate Holi Festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa with Flying Colors

Two sisters experienced the Holi Festival of Colors together for the first time. The Holi Festival is a Hindu religious event that involves wearing white and decorating people with colorful dust and water.  It is the festival of color and love, so everyone is encouraged to decorate one another as well as eat, dance and play.

Sheranjeet Dhillon mentally prepares herslef as her and her sister Teranjeet walk towards growing crowd of participants. "Lets stay together because It's going to be hard to find you considering every other person here is also wearing white."
Sisters Sheranjeet and Tarenjeet Dhillon mentally prepare themselves as they walk toward the growing crowd of Holi festival participants at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015. “Lets stay together because It’s going to be hard to find you, considering every other person here is also wearing white,” said one sister to the other. (Photo Credit: Briana Solan) 
Without hesitation Sheran and Teran throw themselves into the event by redecorating each other with as many colors they could find.
Without hesitation Sheran and Teran throw themselves into the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015, by redecorating each other with as many colors as they could find. (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)
Packet after packet each try to find the most creative way to decorate the other.
Teran blows color powder into the air at Riverfront Park in Tampa to celebrate the Holi festival on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Packet after packet, each sister tries to find the most creative way to decorate the other.  (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)

 

 

Dust stained feet and flip-flops remind Sheran  why she was advised against wearing sneakers to the festival.  "Real shoes would have been a bad idea."
Sheran’s dust-stained feet and flip-flops show why she was advised against wearing sneakers to the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015. “Real shoes would have been a bad idea,” said Sheran. (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)

 

Each empty packet is immediately followed by laughter.
Each empty packet is immediately followed by laughter at the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)

 

"Why isn't my hair always this beautiful shade of purple?" Sheran admires the beauty of something as simple as dust kissed hair.
Sheran admires the beauty of her dust-kissed hair after the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Sheran asks, “Why isn’t my hair always this beautiful shade of purple?”  (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)

 

Sheran takes a moment to watch others try to coat themselves and others around them in colorful dust.
Sheran watches others try to coat themselves and the people around them in colorful dust at the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)

 

"Now we eat and reflect." Sheran and Teran each take the time to enjoy food prepared for the festival.  They take this time to enjoy the music and the atmosphere as they reflect on the memorable experience that they shared together.
Sheran and Teran enjoy food prepared for the Holi festival at Riverfront Park in Tampa on Saturday, March 14, 2015. They enjoy the music and the atmosphere as they reflect on the memorable experience they shared.  (Photo Credit: Briana Solan)