Because the Holi Festival is such a popular event it is always completely PACKED! You have to park super far away from the temple and walk quite a ways, but it is worth it. Unfortunately this year, I accidentally left our tickets in the car after we had already walked almost all the way there... At least it was a beautiful day outside! And it provided us with another opportunity for more exercise right?? (exercise that we have definitely been lacking) Jordan was a good sport though and didn't mind the walk back to our car. As you head towards the Hindu temple, all of the people who are leaving the festival take the opportunity to use their left over chalk and use it on all the newcomers. Some people get a little crazy about it and throw it all over everybody's cars, but at least it makes the long walk a bit more entertaining.
At the festival there is every sort of people there. Old, young (even babies), high schoolers, parents, and of course college students. Because of the vast variety of people, it does make for a more interesting experience, but that is part of the fun of it all! Every two hours they have a huge chalk throw. You count down to ten and then everybody throws tons of chalk in the air! You have to cover your mouth with a bandana or put your face in a shirt because it makes it so hard to breathe and even see for that matter.
On our way there we noted how funny we thought the people throwing chalk at everybody as they entered were, and then we found ourselves doing the same thing as we left! There is just something about the festival that loosens you up and makes you act a little more wildly then you think you would. I'm grateful Jordan got to step away from his studies, get wild, and welcome spring with me!