Akshat Patel and other revelers share in the delight of welcoming spring, the season of abundant colors, during the festival of Holi outside the Hindu Society of North Carolina’s temple in Morrisville.

The latest Bollywood beats accompanied explosions of color and exclamations of “Happy Holi!” A plane taking off from nearby Raleigh-Durham International Airport was met with cheers and dancing as it flew low overhead, perhaps with the idea that it would carry the joyful message around the world.