Monday, March 30, 2009

Festival of Colors

For some reason, Provo has a Hare Krishna temple located about 20 minutes south. For the past decade, they've had what's called the 'Festival of Colors' - a religious celebration welcoming the coming of Spring. The celebration is performed by lighting an effigy of a woman/witch/demon on fire (there's a story as to why) and throwing colored corn starch on each other.

Here's a few shots from it:

Start of the event, about 5:20. Estimating 10k people present.


Colors being thrown in front of me; breathing becomes difficult.


It literally blocks out the sun.


For the next 30 minutes, colored powder is flying in every direction.


I actually like this picture of me; not really sure why


Brooke and I in the middle of it all; things starting to slow down.


Group photo of all of us covered in lots of colors.


That's the Festival of Colors. I've got a few more pictures of the crowd before the colors were thrown (the view seen is mostly what was in front of us; there were more people behind us). I might upload them later, but we'll see.

EDIT: I just remembered I have a 'before' and 'after' picture of what I was wearing - solid white pants with a solid white t-shirt. It's on my camera at home; I'll upload it after work.

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