Yesterday on Facebook I posted a picture of Gracie’s currently lime green hair and asked if any of you could guess what had happened to it…that was kind of an unfair question…there was pretty much no way you were ever going to guess.
Sorry…I wasn’t trying to be difficult…ok, maybe I was but today I’ll explain what happened.
Here’s the story of how I turned Grace’s hair green:
Saturday was Holi Fest at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Lotus Temple.
It’s an annual event and loads of fun so when my brother called and reminded me about it we decided that we had to go and that we had to take Simon and Grace.
So we did.
And it was awesome.
Now if you are like me and not of that faith you may not know what the Holi Fest is so here is a very brief explanation taken straight from the Krnsa’s Temples website:
Holi—Festival of Colors
In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.
So that is the general idea…now add in the location (an intriguing temple on top of a hill in the middle of cow pastures) and the people (the festival averages around 80,000 people)…and the live bands playing music…and the bags and bags and bags of color and you’ve got yourself something pretty amazing to attend.
I like taking my kids to experience different things…and I’m pretty sure my kids thought this experience was well worth attending.
On the way to the festival I explained to Simon about where we were going and what we were going to do there. He thought about it and asked that if we were going to be throwing our worries up into the air would they come down and stick on to other people? (And then they would have to worry about those worries?)
We said no.
Then he asked if he could still throw color even if he didn’t have any worries.
We said yes.
And once we got there he didn’t waste anytime unloading his worries…er…colors.
As for Grace….
Every two hours they have an official color toss.
But you can’t even make it to the entrance of the festival before you are covered in color.
This photo of Grace was taken before any of the color tossing started.
Everywhere you turn people are hugging and laughing and dancing and throwing color EVERYWHERE. My kids were in heaven.
Grace got her own bag of hot pink color and went to town sprinkling it on every person she passed.
Well, I even let someone take a picture of me at the beginning of the color toss.
(Which was really something to see….the color toss that is, not me. Which is why I am sharing this picture…look at the air around me! It’s crazy!)
When the tossing starts the sky changes color…its loud…its jubilant…it’s a fun place to be.
And I’m telling you right now..none of these photos do the festival (or the colors) justice…it’s awesome. To see a really short really cool video of the sights and sounds of the Holi Fest you can go HERE to see what we saw.
(It’s worth clicking over to just for the first 15 second shot of the temple and the first color toss. I promise.)
As for the green hair, well, you saw Grace in the photo above and that was at the beginning of our day…she was far more colored by the time we left. And when we got home and began washing her hair I realized that it wasn’t coming out.
That green is just loving her hair.
Since Saturday she has had her hair washed and conditioned MANY times but that green is sticking. She doesn’t mind and was even proud that it matched her Easter dress but I hope it doesn’t last forever.
So there you have it—green hair from the Holi Festival.
I think I’ll blame it on my brother…going was all his idea.
Thanks a lot Zach.
(No really, thanks a lot. Let’s do it again next year.)