for Daily Herald (Utah, USA) on April 4, 2008
Amidst clouds of colored dye, festival goers enjoy an otherwise bleak Utah afternoon.
In Western myth March was going out like a Lion, in Eastern tradition it was time to spatter paint each other.
An estimated 10,000 people gathered at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple Saturday for the Holi Festival, or Festival of Colors. After a colorless, dull winter, Spring is celebrated, in part, by people tossing powdered colors on each other and in the air.
The Krishna community shares their religious observance and culture with neighbors. Holi Festival, with the exuberance of colors, and the burning of a demon gives celebrants, Eastern and Western, a time to come together.
The chilly outdoors did not detract from the event. Reportedly cars were parked along the highway all the way to the ball fields and people walked to take part in the throwing of colors, feasting and appreciating dancing and the religious observances of the day.
A good time was had by all except drivers trying to go East or West across Main Street after the Festival closed. According to observers traffic backed up and blocked intersections.
The Krishna Temple is open for daily services, class, and meditation from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Attendees are asked to enter through east door on the ground floor.
The regular Sunday services and feast at 5 p.m. are open to the public. Dress is clean and casual. Students are especially welcome. Krishna devotees invite everyone to enjoy an evening of music, dance, philosophy, story telling, and a delicious buffet style vegetarian feast.
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