How does this sound for a weekend activity?
Sit in traffic for an hour.
Search for a parking spot for twenty minutes.
Walk three miles.
Crowd on a lawn with 10,000 other BYU students.
Wait in anticipation for the weird band to stop playing so you can get to the good stuff, but they just keep playing.
You may be reminded of the last big concert you went to, and thinking that it really was an enjoyable time. This however, is not a concert, this is the Holi Festival of Colors. The most overrated event in Utah Valley.
At face value the event does seem to have potential. As advertised the Spanish Fork Hare Krishna Temple hosts “Colors/Dance/Mantra/Cuisine/Music/Bonfire.” All of these things sound enticing, but really the whole thing turns into a Poser-Woodstock/Hack-Up-a-Lung/Take-a-Million-Photos occasion, one that will plague your Facebook feed for weeks to come.
The main lure of the Holi Festival of Colors is the chalk throwing. For a small fee event attendees can purchase authentic Indian powder (oh don’t worry, it's organic) in all different colors. This chalk is then thrown in the air and at other attendees for approximately 7 seconds. Everyone spends the next hour laughing about how purple their hair is, complaining about how much chalk they have inhaled, and taking pictures that all look the same (but STILL uploading all 60 of them to a Facebook album that night). The three hours after this are spent maneuvering through the crowds, walking back to the car, and sitting in traffic on a single lane road as chalk dust creeps into the most uncomfortable cavities in your body.
BYU students love the Holi Festival of Colors because it makes them feel like they really are at some crazy Woodstock event. There is live music, millions of people, substance abuse (in this case it is non-intentional—attendees have no choice but to fill their lungs with chalk dust), and the whole thing is about peace, love and worship. They love it. They flock to it.
Your BYU experience will not be complete if you do not attend the festival at least once. Only then will you understand just how truly idolized this event is, and how much you won’t be missing next year.
FYI: This year’s festival is March 27, in case you haven’t been invited on Facebook yet.