Festival of Colors

Never mind that this event took place in March and I am blogging about it in now ... in May.

Claire and I decided to take a last-minute trip down to Spanish Fork, Utah to make it to the festival this year.  Normally I have a rule regarding driving: if you are going to spend more time in the car getting to and from the event than you are actually going to spend at said event ... don't go.

But I needed a serious break from everything that had been on my plate that week {and from what would be on my plate the following week} ... and so I said, "What the heck?" Drove the two hours to throw things at people and had a maaarvelous time doing so.

While I have been to the festival before and have told you about it before {you can read more here and here}, I thought I would just give you a quick refresher.

- It is held at the Hindu Krishna Temple

via Cali Stoddard
- It is to welcome in Spring

- The Holi Festival of Colors began in India and is still celebrated there every year {as well as in many other locations ... like Mormonville, Utah}

- The festival held in Spanish Fork is the biggest festival in Northern America

- It is celebrated by throwing powdered chalk up into the air and each other

- As well as having burning effigies 

- When I went for the first time three years ago, they had one throwing only

- Now the event takes two days and they have throwings every hour

- This year you had to pay an entrance fee to get in {it was only three dollah}

- Plus pay for the bags of powdered chalk {only three dollah per bag}

- You are only allowed to use chalk provided at the festival ... because it is edible!

- It only hurts for 40 seconds if someone pelts you in the eye with orange chalk {I am not sure about the other colors}

- You clearly are supposed to take one-kjillion photos of you at said event

- We obliged, needlessly to say

- Your clothes sometimes stay stained - FOR.EV.ER.

But it is well worth it. :)

While this isn't an event you would necessarily want to attend every year, it certainly is worth it every now and again. I haven't experienced much like it ever before - and I love it.

And, you cannot say I didn't do my part to bring Spring in! 


Kari Kirkland said...

Absolutely AWESOME! Maybe they will have something like that in Dallas one day . . .

The Suzzzz said...

I have a friend who is Krishna and said that this was the worst year for the temple workers. They said people were going where they weren't supposed to, hrowing in areas that were marked as off limits, breaking statues, littering, and generally being rude and disrespectful of the site. It took them almost 3 weeks to fully clean and repair everything.

Please spread the word to future festival goers that this temple is a HOLY place. They should treat it with the same respect that they treat their holy places, and if a worker there tells you something is off limits or not to be touched...LISTEN and respect their wishes.

The organizers have said if they have another year as bad as this one they will have to stop holding a public Holi festival because they can't afford to repair the damage.

Shan said...

I still haven't been. Hopefully someday.

Brooke Watson said...

Always wanted to go. Also, you passed my house and didn't stop for a treat, I can't believe you.

Krystal said...

I've always wanted to go, but the crowd just looks soooo overwhelming. Don't think I could handle it!!

Meg said...

You should have blogged about it sooner and maybe spring would have come in March. :) It finally feels like spring has arrived, hopefully now that you've blogged about it it will decide to stick around. :)

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