Saturday, March 26, 2011

Coloring Throwing with Krishna

This Spring I wanted to start anew Mangum Family Tradition: attending the "Color Throwing Festival" celebrating "Holi" / the welcoming of Spring. In India, they use (used?) crushed up flower petals, but at the Spanish Fork Lotus Krishna Temple we purchased bags of colored chalk for $12 and had the time of our lives.

Holden was a little bit timid at first.

He was trying to figure out why we were telling him
to throw things when usually we're asking him not to do so.

But he found his way:

Mangum Family Christmas Pictures: December 2012

And another one...

The official "color throwing" happened every two hours (we hit the 1pm dance). With a countdown rivaling the ushering in of New Years, a rainbow of color fills the sky and then bleeds into a hazy mist of some pinkish brown and purple. It's pretty amazing to see. The above picture and two below were taken just moments after the coutdown.

I love this picture for some reason... It was just so cool to be at this neat
celebration of life and beginning with my boys. I'm glad my husband's
open minded enough to bring our little guy to things like this.

Here we are on the balcony of the Lotus temple looking down at the crazy mosh pit below with the band playing "Hare hare Krishna Krishna, Ram Hare Hare." Needless to say, we kept our distance from the crowd surfing madness, but we danced a little from the distance. The energy was pretty infectious.

This is a picture of Holden's frustration with us that he does not get to hold the iPhone. This is also about the time we decided it was time to make the trek back home.

Danny and Holden outside the grounds
(You can see the Lotus Temple in the background.)

1 comment:

Fig on a Stick said...

I LOVE this! India has so many amazing traditions and celebrations. I'm so doing this next year with all but the youngest.