In India Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. It is a festival that breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a typically colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.
There will be musical interludes, the lighting of a bonfire, burning of an effigy, and the throwing of dry colors on friends and foe alike. The dry powders supplied by the temple are non stain, but still guests are cautioned not to wear their "Saturday Best."
The Colors Festival had quite the interesting crowd but I'm begining to notice pretty much any public event does. Oh, and I forgot to say what the best part about the Festival is... IT"S FREE! You read correctly, FREE! We only stayed for about an hour because it's super hard to breath from all the chalk like substance in the air. We stopped and ate Sonic on our way home and rocked out to music (except Spencer, he slept). I had to wash my hair three times before all the color came out and I'm still waiting to see if comes out of my clothes. Even if it does stain, it was well worth it! I think it's going to be a new tradition.