Katie, the kids and I have attended various events at the temple over the years, but we've never made it to this festival welcoming the arrival of spring. This was going to be the year, and we made it. Even though they had food and entertainment, I was there for the main event–the throwing of the colors.
Rather than explain the throwing of the colors, take a look at this video from last year.
Didn't that look like fun? Well, let me tell you–it was! In a matter of seconds, everyone is completely covered in bright colors.
Now for your listening and viewing pleasure, I've put together a slide show of some of our photos. The color throwing happened twice during the day, which was good because we couldn't all make it at the same time. Katie and Chloe went at noon, and I took the boys for the 4 p.m. throwing.
We all had a total blast and are excited for next year.
For those of you who want to attend, here are some things we've learned.
- Avoid the lines and buy your bags of colors in advance in the gift shop on the main floor of the temple. Two or three bags per person is good. I recommend going when the buffet is open and enjoy a great vegetarian meal.
- Take a moment to skim through the Krishnas' Web site to learn about them and the festival. You will understand and enjoy the experience much more.
- Wear goggles or sunglasses to help keep the powder out of your eyes. I even saw some people with surgical masks.
- The colors show up nicely on white clothes.
- Have towels and sheets handy in your car to help with clean up and protect your upholstery.
- If you have little kids, are claustrophobic, or don't want to get too dirty, stay on the outer fringes. The middle of the crowd is crazy.
- With 10,000 people in attendance, parking can be a problem. The shuttle is convenient.
- Don't be afraid to hug a stranger when the time comes. Charu, the head devotee, said it's easy to show love to people you know and who are like you. Get out of your comfort zone and show love to strangers. That's a big part of what the festival is all about.
- Don't miss a photo-op with a llama. But, store your camera in a Ziplock baggie to protect it from the powder.
- Afterward, have a meal at one of the local small town diners. We ate at the One Man Band. It's good to support the local economy that is so supportive of the festival.
A good excuse to get
dirty colored–me with Tomas, Liam, and Liam's friend, Tanner.
I would like to give a big thanks to the Hare Krishas and all the volunteers from the community who put this event on. We had so much fun–a great way to begin the new season!