AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival draws Mormon crowds

March 29, 2014 - 7:33 PM
Hindu Festival Utah Photo Gallery

Revelers with colored corn starched hands celebrate during the 2014 Festival of Colors, Holi Celebration at the Krishna Temple Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nearly 70,000 people are expected to gather starting Saturday at a Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork for the annual two-day festival of colors. Revelers gyrate to music and partake in yoga during the all-day festival, throwing colored corn starch in the air once every hour. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the large majority of participants are not Hindus, but Mormons. Thousands of students from nearby Brigham Young University come to take part in a festival that is drug and alcohol free. The event stems from a Hindu tradition celebrating the end of winter and the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Tens of thousands of revelers are gathering at a Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, for the annual two-day festival of colors.

However, the large majority of participants are not Hindus, but Mormons. Thousands of students from nearby Brigham Young University come to take part in a festival that is free of drugs and alcohol.

The event stems from a Hindu tradition celebrating the end of winter and the triumph of good over evil.

Revelers dance to music and partake in yoga during the all-day Holi Festival of Colors, throwing colored corn starch in the air once every hour.

Here are some images from the event:

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