WITH COLOURED powder in one hand and a water gun in the other, some 220 people went to “battle” as they smeared each other with a myriad of colours during the fun-filled Hola Festival at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) Kampar campus.
Faces, hair and shirts were all splashed with pink, yellow and purple powder and water during the held earlier last month festival.
The event was organised at its Sports Complex by the university’s Asian Cultural Society (ACS).
The event was held to celebrate Holi, the Hindu spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love.
Biochemistry student S. Sri Sangliswaran said the celebration was an engaging activity where he managed to mingle around and make new friends.
“It was still a memorable and relaxing activity,” he said.
Psychology student Yusra Nasser also said he had fun during the festival.
“The outdoor activity provides a meaningful way to engage us with people from all walks of life.
“The games were really captivating and the same goes to Holi festival which was filled with fun and laughter,” he said.
Prior to the festival, UTAR students also took part in an activity to test their teamwork, communication, physical and mental strength.
The winning team received RM225 while the first runner-up got RM150 along with certificates, T-shirts, and goody bags respectively.
Business and Finance Faculty lecturer and Asian Cultural Society (ACS) advisor Charles Ramendran said the event was aimed at promoting peace and joy among participants.
“It is also to spread knowledge about the rich diversity of cultures and traditions of Malaysians, not only to locals but also to our own international students.
“I am happy to see students and the Kampar community of many backgrounds gathered here today,” Charles said.
“I request the organising committee to hold more extracurricular activities in order to promote a balanced university life and to foster a successful university experience among all students,” he added.
Organising chairman R. Sri Dharisanan also expressed his gratitude to the kind presence and support of the participants.