Friday, April 13, 2012

Colorful Hindu Holi Festival Takes Place Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Holi festival attendees are tinged with colored powder for this Hindu celebration.
  • Boise Hare Krishna Temple
  • Holi festival attendees are sprinkled with colored powder for this Hindu celebration of spring.

This Sunday, April 15, the Boise Hare Krishna Temple observes Holi, the Hindu festival celebrating the end of winter.

The festival is connected to Lord Krishna, who throws colored powder on friends to mark the beginning of the warmer months. Millions of Hindus in India and abroad celebrate the festival by grabbing big fistfuls of colored powder for a battle against friends and family.

"It's a spring festival to come see yourself in a way that you've never seen before, once you get your face all colored up," said Arun Gupta of the temple."It's a fun festival. It's very uniting and with a lot of diversity."

At the end of the "festival of colors," as it is also called, participants are coated head-to-toe in bright patches of pigment. The powdery color often finds its way onto scalps, tinting hair a kaleidoscope of colors.

"Last year, we had maybe 40; this year we're expecting maybe 50 or 60," said Gupta's wife, Aruddha, referring to the number of attendees.

The Guptas advise wearing clothing you wouldn't mind stained by an array of colors. A free vegetarian meal will be served at 1 p.m., and the battle begins shortly after.

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