San Ramon's Bishop Ranch is set to welcome spring with a colorful Holi festival Friday evening.
A traditional Indian celebration also known as the "Festival of Colors," Holi is held at the beginning of spring and centers around participants throwing wet and powdered colors on each other to promote friendship, love, the triumph of good over evil and saying goodbye to winter.
"We've been holding the Holi event at Bishop Ranch for four years now, and we love that this colorful and fun celebration of the beginning of spring brings together people from all over the East Bay," said Alexander Mehran, Jr., president and COO of Sunset Development Co., which owns and operates Bishop Ranch.
The free Holi celebration, open to residents of all ages, is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in the front parking lot of Bishop Ranch 2600 at 2600 Camino Ramon in San Ramon.
The event features the traditional throwing of colors as well as a variety of family-friendly activities such as face-painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances and live music. Food trucks will also be on-site.
Bishop Ranch representatives reminded attendees to wear old clothes, or clothing people don't mind having covered in paint -- and they said white clothes usually work best.