Hello everyone! Weather literally played havoc with us last weekend as I had been waiting impatiently for playing Holi – Festival of Colors in ISKCON temple. It is very beautiful place built of marble and they also shelter some animals like llamas, rare white peacocks, colored peacocks and few other animals and birds.
Festival of Colors is one of the largest celebrations in western hemisphere with close to 35k to 40k visitors every year here.
I was so excited to play my first ever Holi in the USA and I just couldn’t wait for the fun to begin.
Holi is a festival celebrated in India and Nepal for the arrival of Spring and also to celebrate the victory of good over evil. As per legends, Holi is derived from the demoness – “Holika” sister of Hiranyakashipu (He was demon King). He wanted everyone to only worship him but to his dismay his son – “Prahlad” was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu. This enraged him and he decides to burn the little boy in fire. As his sister, Holika is immune to fire she carries the little boy on her lap. It is with divine intervention Little Prahlad is saved and Holika is burnt in the fire.
Color Festival (Holi) being played amidst snow capped mountains
Each year to celebrate the death of Holika, pyres are burnt everywhere and the next day we celebrate holi by spraying colors on one another. This symbolizes the victory of good over evil and welcoming of spring season.
Holi in India is played with colors and water too and it is one of the most famous festivals of India.
We had a blast literally and we all looked so colorful and were totally unidentifiable. The crowd was amazing. There was live non stop music from music bands on the main stage. All of us would throw the colors into the air at the countdown and it was just so amazing. There were also traditional Bharatanatyam dancers teaching the crowd some cool traditional moves. This was near the food truck. There was also a place where they displayed some cool gymnastics poses.
In case you plan to visit it next time here are my list of DO’s and DON’Ts for the color festival.
- Get a plastic for covering your car seat for your travel back home.
- Keep your watch, phones and other electronics in your car or maybe your home as it may get damaged due to the colors.
- Pick up trash, if any
- Get a plastic bag to store your stained clothes in case you want to change your dress before you drive back home.
- As a traditional tip, Indians usually apply oil on the hairs and all exposed parts so that the colors can be washed away quickly.
- Good to wear your shades and keep a bandana to cover your nose and mouth.
- Be careful before you throw colors directly into someone’s eyes or mouth.
- Please do not wear good clothes which you might regret later if the color does not wash off.
- Please do not throw the empty color packets everywhere. Dispose them properly.
- Please do not play if you have Asthma or breathing problems or skin allergies. The dust may cause you more problems.
- Time required: At least 2 hours for playing holi otherwise 1 hour is good enough
- Washrooms: Available
- Food: Available
- Parking: Not available at the temple, but you can find ample temporary parking just outside for 5$ or less. If you are visiting the temple on other days , free parking is available in front of the temple.
Thank for visiting! If you have any questions / suggestions / feedback you can comment below or send me an email. I would love to hear back from you.
Have a nice day!