What is the Festival of Colors? The correct term for it is “Holi”, which is the Hindu celebration of Spring and passing of Winter. It is ancient tradition and is usually celebrated in March, by throwing bright colored chalk in rejoice. Holi is said to be named after the ancient legend of demoness Holika. It is also celebrated with importance in the North of India, celebrating the love of legends Radha and Krishna with bright colors.
There’s something amazing about celebrating the beautiful Hindu culture covered in beautiful colors, with your friends or family. It’s really wonderful to see people of all backgrounds and ages coming together in happiness. Everyone starts to look the same when covered in rainbow chalk!
If you haven’t been before you probably want to after reading that. When can you go? We’re lucky to be Utahans because we have three separate opportunities to participate! If you’re feeling pretty excited about it, you can go this week in Spanish Fork!
Friday March 25 - Saturday 26, 2017: Spanish Fork, UT. Tickets here!
Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
311 West 8500 South, Spanish Fork, Utah 84660
Saturday May 27, 2017: Ogden, UT. Tickets here!
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
West Stadium Park
1650 South Jefferson St
Ogden, UT 84404
Saturday June 10, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT. Tickets here!
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
965 East 3370 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84601
If you haven’t been before here’s what you should prepare for! A lot of chalk, obviously. Make sure you’re dressed in clothes that you don’t care about, or at least clothes you want to be rainbow by the end of the day. This is not a day to rock your Sunday best. Or your contacts! Protect your eyes by wearing your glasses instead. Make sure you’re not throwing chalk into others eyes or mouths! Bandanas and dust masks are recommended for those with asthma. You also have to bring the right chalk. Buy it online (here!) or at the event, but not from any illegal vendors. It will be confiscated. If you see any lost people or children guide them to the lost and found, as well as any other missing items. Do not come intoxicated or under the influence. And last but not least be respectful, meet new people and have fun!
If you want to truly arrive in style, or pick up a souvenir that will always honor your special experience, you can check out their shop here, and get some rad tee shirts, sunglasses, beads, and more!