In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. People of all ages gather to bury their pains from the years past and throw their worries (represented by colored powder) to the wind. In Spanish Fork, Utah, at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple, hundreds of people go to join in the fun, covering themselves in all the colors in the rainbow. Along with the color throwing, people sing, pray, dance and enjoy the non-stop live bands.
The colors are not dangerous but do tend to stain clothing and hair and creep into eyes and mouths. Many people wear masks, bandanas, sunglasses and hats to keep the rainbow dust in check while they have their fun.
Huge crowds form around the live band as they mosh and fling the colors. Although personal chalk can be thrown at any time, the big throws happen every two hours starting at noon. The countdown starts at 10.... then BOOM, colors tossed all throughout the air. In the middle of these mosh pits, visitors can be coated with the colors the most.
What visitors really seem to love about the festival of colors isn’t just spring or tossing the colors, but unity. One thing that the festival has done is bring people together from all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds.