Holi Festival of Colors

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After the Color Festival, Keeley Bowthorpe and Haylee Hunsaker snapped a quick photo with a mysterious blue gorilla in Spanish Fork, Utah. Photo by Cheyenne Davis

After the Color Festival, Keeley Bowthorpe and Haylee Hunsaker snapped a quick photo with a mysterious blue gorilla in Spanish Fork, Utah. Photo by Cheyenne Davis

On March 29 and 30, the Holi Festival of Colors was celebrated at the Krishna temple in Spanish Fork, Utah. Thousands of people came together to welcome in the new spring.

It is a tradition in India to have a “color throw” as a symbol of welcoming in the new spring.  It is a transformation from harsh winters into the fun and colorful spring that is to come.  People join from all around to join in the celebration and color throws that happen every hour, on the hour.

There are many legends told throughout India about how the festival came to be, but overall, most people see it just as the welcoming of spring.  Pink, purple, yellow, green, orange and blue are the colors used in the festival.

After entering the temple grounds, people head to the center of the grounds and towards the stage.  It won’t be long until they are covered in puffs of bright colors. Loud, exciting music and joyous people are all around throughout the entire festival.

When the time comes, everyone counts down from ten, with a handful of color, and throws it in the air, covering everyone in a rainbow of spring.  It is a festival that has been celebrated in Spanish Fork for the past fifteen years and has been spreading across America.

There is another color throw happening in Salt Lake City on May 3, 2014.  The festival will be happening at the SLC Krishna temple located at 965 East 3370 South, SLC 84106 and will go from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with color throws every hour.

For more information on the festival in Salt Lake, call 801-487-4005 or visit www.utahkrishnas.org.

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