Sunday, March 29, 2009

Holi (Colorfest), 2009

Yesterday was the annual Festival of Colors at the Krishna Temple. It's a celebration of spring and it's most famous for the participants throwing colored chalk at each other. At the end of the day, people are covered in it.

The festival started off at 4:00 pm with performers singing and dancing, followed by the ceremonious color being tossed at 5:40. We left my house at about 4:00 pm and hopped on the freeway. There were two accidents on the freeway which means between rubber neckers and the festival traffic once we hit Spanish Fork, we were stuck in stop and go traffic for well over two hours. As we were waiting in traffic, we started seeing people walking back covered in colored chalk. We missed the main event. When we got there, it was pretty much an anything goes concert. All the performers were on the stage singing, playing instruments and/or dancing. There was still the occasional color war, but for the most part, it was pretty much people dancing and crowd surfing. I got what I could. I've posted my favorites below, but you can see the whole set here:

Holi (Color Fest 2009)

Holi (Color Fest) 2009

Holi (Color Fest) 2009

Holi (Color Fest 2009)

Holi (Color Fest 2009)


Brittnee Ann said...

Did you know where the original idea of the "colors" came from.

I just learned about it that night, that it came from a father who long ago didn't approve of an Indian girl who wasn't dark enough for his son. Wasn't considered a "pure" Indian in his eyes. So the wife through a color on her and said "there is that dark enough for you." Thus they celebrate the Festival of Colors.

Ilan said...

That's a great and colorful set.
I really enjoyed these photos, thanks for sharing :)

Allie said...

Wow, gorgeous colours. You really know how to set the mood.