Check out Holi Fest is coming up Saturday, March 30th, it’s FREE admission, and takes place at Girard Park from 11: 00 am to 4 pm – Be prepared to get covered in a rainbow of COLORS!
What is Holi Fest?
“Holi” is a Hindu religious festival, also known as the Festival of Colors. It is mostly celebrated in India, but also in places that have a large Hinduism following.
The timing Holi is very close to Easter, but they’re a little different:
1. For Easter, you color eggs – For Holi you color people!
2. Easter egg hunts are usually for children – Holi is an event for anyone…with an inner child!
3. For Easter, you dress your best – For Holi… you should NOT wear your best unless you want to cover it in colored powder!
< — Colored powder can be purchased in these little baggies at the festival!
It’s probably pretty obvious from the photos – Holi is literally celebrated “WITH” colors. The object is to throw color all over each other! Dry colors, wet colors… colors of colors!
Also… It’s KID-SAFE!! The color they use at the Lafayette Holi Fest celebration is called “Gulal” which is made of corn starch, food coloring, and fragrance – all non-hazardous. Kid tested, mother approved!
Below: Acadiana residents Matt, Charlette, and their son Lucas having a blast with colors at Holi Fest!
The festival also features Bollywood music and dancing, and while the festival itself is FREE to attend – there will also be Indian food, pizza, beer, and more for purchase while you’re there.
Here are some Holi Fest Survival Tips:
1. Wear white (colors look best all over white)
2. Wear sunblock
3. Protect your eyes with sunglasses
4. Bring towels for your car so you don’t ruin your seats after
5. Bring wet wipes to clean your hands and face
6. Wear a face mask to keep from getting color in your nose and mouth, if you really want to.
You can bet I’ll be out there, if you see me, throw some purple my way!
Photo credits: Charlette Podhaney, and myself