3.27.2010

Festival of Colors


Every year at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fark, Utah the Holi Festival of Colors is held. The festival is to announce the arrival of Spring, which I am more than willingly to celebrate in any way anyone suggests. At the Krishna Temple it is celebrated by throwing colored chalk into the air {as well as singing, dancing, and a burning effigy!}.


Naturally, anything that is bright and colorful attracts me, so I knew this event was made for me {okay, so they weren't really thinking, "Mindy would love this!" , but they could have and you'll see why}.

I went with Mikey and my roommates. Mike and I thought we should get a photo of what we looked like before the madness began:


The festival began at noon, but you weren't supposed to play with the colored chalk until one. You can clearly see that the people behind us were a little impatient. Mikey and I figured since this was a religious ceremony on Temple grounds that we probably should be obedient. So for an entire hour I was patient and did not play with my chalk until I was given permission.


However, that isn't to say that I stayed clean until one ...


Some guy walked by me and said, "You are too clean!" and he pelted me with some pink chalk. At least it was pink though, right? :)


Then came a couple more people to pelt us with colors {notice the orange and green now}...


Today I realized it is an odd experience to have complete strangers throw stuff at you ... Well, I probably realized this in middle school when Cort McCaughey threw a tater-tot, meant for the lunch lady, which actually hit me instead. But today was a good reminder. :)


Still while waiting ...


I saw Optimus and Darth {smart kids wearing masks ... you'll see why}.



{Ugh! Curse blogger for refusing to make this vertical!} This is the witch, Holi, who was prepared for the burning effigy! They burn her because legend has it she burnt babies and small children! Oh, my!


So, after that hour of waiting patiently and not throwing my chalk ... the real celebration occurred. It looked a little somethin-somethin like this:





And when all was said and done we looked a bit like this ...


My really good friend, Jon, happened to find me in the thousands of people!



Jessie {not really my roommate, but she could be if she wanted to be ... She can sleep in our basement behind the creepy door}.



Mindy and Mike!



The roomies {how do you spell that word?}.



An attempted shot to show the insane amount of people there ... and what we all looked like afterwards!


It was a fantastic celebration ... I only wish they would have warned us that the color celebration would continue when we blew our noses {purple and pink snot} and upon showering!

Oh. P.s. On the way back to our car we came across a porta-potty graveyard. Naturally, this warranted a photograph. :)


The Festival of Colors happens every March and I would encourage you all to go and experience it. I had a maaaaahvelous time!! :)


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I updated the gold stars! You have until April 1st at 12:00 am to earn as many more as you can. I will try and give lots away this week. From this post until April, each comment you make will be worth 100 stars. Plus, additional stars can be earned with the posts I make this week {book review, I think}.

9 comments:

Meg said...

Awesome! Next year are you going to wear a mask?

Krystal said...

that looks like so much fun... I was really hoping to go this year but had a family funeral to attend... maybe next year...

douglas.foote said...

That's AWESOME! I miss the Festival of Colors and all of the interesting people that you see there! I don't think the pictures do justice, it is much more dramatic in real life! Did you get any of the food? We went last year and they were very strict in dusting us off before we could get some food. Looks like you had a great time!

Danelle and Alex said...

Those pictures are awesome! Can I get a bunch of extra stars since my son's birthday is on April first?? His FIRST birthday! Ok, thanks! :)

Allison and Josh said...

I have always wanted to go to that! Looks super fun! (and messy) And how am I so far behind on the gold stars?? AH! Did you count my 1000 for filling out the survey for your friend??

DeeAura said...

I heart Festival of Colors. I fully support it; even through all the chanting...hahah

Meggie said...

I'm kind of jealous. While you were celebrating the coming of spring, I was sitting through 12 hours of efy training. Looks like you had a blast though!

Jade said...

I have always wanted to go do this! Why do I have to live in MI.
I love all the EFY friends!

PS I should get extra gold stars for wanting to photoshop you into the BC group pic on facebook. LOVE YOU!

Kristin said...

Amazing! Un, how much are the bags? kristinm333@gmail.com Also, I am offended that the stranger chose to target you right in the boob with that first dose of pink chalk.

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