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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Holi Festival

*This is the only pic on here that I didn't take. I LOVE it though, so I had to post it on my blog picture taken by Erin Pritchett @ EKPritchett Photography*

It is that time of year again... Spring! And what is my favorite way to welcome spring? By going to the Holi Festival aka The Festival of Colors at the Hare Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork.



This was my 6th year going. Every year it gets more and more crowded. The traffic is insane. This year was the first year they charged admission... so you paid to get in and then paid for the bags of color. Regardless, I only put $10 which is well worth this good time to be had. This year was especially fun because I went with a group of people that had all never been before. It is fun to experience it with people for their first time. They now through the colors every 2 hours all day long. We were going to try and make it to the 3pm throwing, but we didn't end up leaving until 2 (which people didn't believe me that we would have to leave by 1:30 at the latest to make it by 3 because of traffic) so we missed the 3pm throwing and stuck around for the 5pm throwing. It was a blast.... as always. To make things even better, we had awesome weather that day.




Here is our before picture. We didn't start out completely clean because on your way in people throw color on you... so you have plenty of color on you long before you reach the temple.


And then they count down and the colors are thrown.


And then after we looked like this.




Every year it is fun to go because just just never know what you are going to get. The festival brings such a fun crowd. When I first showed up, this guy came up to me and said WAIT and it looked like he was going to grab my face... but instead he had some color on his thumb and he ran his thumb across my forehead with the color while he slowly said "Simba" like it is said by the monkey in the Lion King. It made me laugh so hard. I also love not knowing what I am going to look like in the end. I feel as though I show up as an empty canvas in the beginning and then leave has a different piece of artwork every year.

                                                             *My singing BFF Wes*


A lot of people just like going once and then never going again. Obviously not me... I never get sick of it. So.... I guess that means I will be seeing you next year Holi Festival. Thanks for a good time. It was real. Until next year. Peace out.

6 comments:

Lori said...

So fun that this is a tradition for you :) One day I will have to experience it for myself.

jamie hixon said...

Have you seen that Pinterest quote floating around? It says something like "biggest hari krishna festival in the US... 10,000 mormons" or something like that.

PS It looks like some of your less experienced friends had their mouths open when the colors started flying.
;)

T-Ray said...

Ha ha ha... yes Jamie, I have seen it. The picture says something like "Largest Hindu Festival in the Western Hemisphere. 10,000 Mormons. 25 Hindus" ha ha... which is probably close to true. Good thing they know it and they love it.

Erin said...

Hi Tracy - I took the picture of the Festival of Colors. I'm so glad you like it! Can you post the photo credit for me? Thanks!

Erin Pritchett @ EKPritchett Photography

Anonymous said...

How wonderful the photographers are turning the spectators into Color Festival Whores. Everything good is always ruined by hype...and like sheep, the people willingly participate in being manipulated for a 'candid' shot that the photographer can sell.

Anonymous said...

How wonderful the photographers are turning the spectators into Color Festival Whores. Everything good is always ruined by hype...and like sheep, the people willingly participate in being manipulated for a 'candid' shot that the photographer can sell.