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Thousands Attend the Color Festival in Utah in Spite of Freezing Temps | ISKCON News

Thousands Attend the Color Festival in Utah in Spite of Freezing Temps | ISKCON News




Photo Courtesy of Jai Krishna Das

It is famously stated that “neither snow, nor rain, nor warmth, nor gloom of evening” can cease the US Postal Service from delivering mail, however it’s additionally the devotional temper of devotee pioneers Caru Das and Vaibhavi Devi Dasi relating to placing on festivals in a state with a “difficult” local weather.

When climate reviews predicted snow and chilly on the day of the legendary Festival of Colors on the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, this 12 months, Caru took the optimistic strategy, “The Festival of Colors has been held ‘rain or shine’ for 28 years constantly,” Caru remarked. “Some of one of the best, most enjoyable occasions have been had in rain and snow. It’s a messy occasion anyway, so what’s the issue? Going to be chilly? That’s why we dance!”

This contagious spirit evokes the handfuls of devotees who assist put this occasion on yearly. Mukunda Das, a Salt Lake City educator stated, “No matter the climate, individuals come. While the numbers have been rather less, and the temperatures chilly; the gathering was as heat and huge as ever,” he stated with a smile. “After all, how may it not be huge and full of heat when all of the talking was singing, and all of the motion was dancing?” 

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Utah residents have additionally appreciated this upbeat perspective, and regardless of freezing temperatures, round 6,500 individuals confirmed up for the weekend. Multiple information media shops reported on the pageant, which has turn out to be iconic in Utah Valley and past. Last 12 months, round 20,000 attended in near-perfect climate.

When the pageant first started virtually three many years in the past, it was thought to be the “unofficial spring break occasion” for Brigham Young University college students, one other icon in Utah Valley, with an enrollment of over 35,000. “Now pageant goers are about 50% younger individuals and 50% younger households,” Caru famous. Several dozen llamas, miniature cows, and unique birds on the property are additionally huge attracts for households year-round. In reality, Pedro, their colourful blue and gold macaw, was even a part of a stay interview selling the pageant on Fox 31’s “Good Day Utah” program. 

Jai Krishna Das (a Utah native) and Ananda Groove began the two-day occasion with chanting, music, and yoga. Then, attendees loved the normal throwing of colours and extra performances by Bali Rico, DJ Crisanto Santa Ana, Samadhi Vibrations, Nora and Daniel Sabin, Malini Taneja, Bhakti Fusion, Aakansha Maheshwari and Sarika De with BollyPop Utah, The Punjabi Arts Academy, and Titiksava Karunika.

Photo courtesy of New Dwaraka Sankirtan (Facebook)

Two thousand plates of prasadam have been served, and pageant goers obtained over 800 copies of Prabhupada’s books because of a busy sales space staffed by HG Devananda Das and different devotees. Janardana Das, one of many inspiring musical friends, led attendees in chanting the holy title, saying, “The chanting of the holy names confers all pleasure!” 

More festivals are deliberate for 2023: Ogden, Utah’s Festival of Colors shall be held on May thirteenth, and Salt Lake City will maintain its celebration on June third. For extra data, go to http://www.festivalofcolorsusa.com

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