SAN RAMON -- The Holi Festival, a colorful celebration to kick off the start of spring, came to the Bishop Ranch business park on Friday.

The festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition from India, is a fun, family-friendly event .

The carnival of colors allows people to frolic around playfully and chase each other with dry colored powders, covering each other with the hues of spring.

The San Ramon event also included free activities for the family, including face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances and live music, as well as a variety of mobile gourmet food trucks on the site.

The Holi festival day is a national holiday in India.

Dry colored powder is thrown into the air during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The festival, which is an offshoot
Dry colored powder is thrown into the air during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition, features people frolicking and covering each other in colored powders. The event also had a DJ, dancing and a performance of traditional dance by the Dublin based Kalaikoil. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

-- Kelly Gust, Staff

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Bankush Gulati, of San Ramon, chases his daughter Banika Gulati, 5, during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The
Bankush Gulati, of San Ramon, chases his daughter Banika Gulati, 5, during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition, features people frolicking and covering each other in colored powders. The event also had a DJ, dancing and a performance of traditional dance by the Dublin based Kalaikoil. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Sam Roth of Oakland, is covered with colored powders during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The festival, which is
Sam Roth of Oakland, is covered with colored powders during the Holi Festival held in San Ramon, Calif., on Friday, March 14, 2014. The festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition, features people frolicking and covering each other in colored powders. The event also had a DJ, dancing and a performance of traditional dance by the Dublin based Kalaikoil. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)