Festival of Colors
You heard it right, there is a Holi Festival right here in Good Old Alabama. I decided to do a blog post on Alabama festivals happening this 2017 year, while doing this I came across this awesome festival. Holi Fest is more known for a colorful festival that happens in India. Some of us can’t quite make it there just yet. Oh, but we can come close. I will say I am sure this is NOTHING compared to actually going to India, but if you let yourself submerge in this event I am sure you can get the idea.
My husband and I pretty much got there when it started at 11am. This Festival is an event that the the Indian Cultural Society and the Birmingham Art Museum puts on. No backpacks or water bottles allowed in the museum. You do not have to pay, but the art museum and festival for henna do accept donations.
The first thing we did when we got there was get a Henna tattoo, okay, just me not my husband John. I had to wait in line for a little bit. We had gotten there kind of early so it wasn’t quite crowded just yet. Also, make sure you keep you henna tattoo on for a few hours before wiping off or else it will have that tan/orange look instead of being dark). I made the mistake of taking it off maybe 30-45 minutes after. I also just peeled it off. I had two women in the bathroom tell me, that it needed to stay on for quite a few hours. Then the second one also told me that it needed to be wiped off with baby oil. The lady that did it told me to wait 10-15 minutes and then wait about two hours to actually wash it. Maybe she misunderstood or maybe I did. **I have also decided I am so getting a tattoo like this on my hand!!
My henna tattoo got darker on day two!!! Not sure if it settled in or because I washed it or put lotion on it! Either way I am happy!
We then headed to the cafe for some traditional food. I am going to be honest I can’t tell you what any of it was. I do know that I loved the dipping sauces though. (The white square was a desert, and it was sort of like cotton candy and tasted like fruit loops)
After the food tasting, John and I headed back to the art section where I made a flower, John did as well, but I lost his flower during the color throw. We had some time to kill, so we headed to where the dancing was being held, there was no room. At this time we decided to walk around the museum and just look at some of the art until it was time for the color throw. We had about an hour and a half to kill.
Finally, the color throw had arrived. We asked for directions and made it outside. It was also a little cold and rainy. Once you got outside it was a little disorganized. People didn’t really know whether they were supposed to go ahead and get their color packets. The poor guy tried to get everyone’s attention, but some people started early. I loved seeing all the colors flying around. Yes, you are going to get powder everywhere; mouth, eyes, clothes, (They do offer ponchos, but I prefer to get it all over my clothes.) It’s just more fun that way.
One sad thing I do have to mention is there are homeless people living under the bridges behind us, look to the right. I had a moment of sadness thinking about how we were all out here laughing & having fun and they were under there cold.
John and I parked in the public parking which is right next to the art museum. You pay a dollar for every hour. This is one festival you do not want to miss! It was so much fun!
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Chasa is a travel blogger who has been writing since 2016. She has traveled domestically and internationally since 2013 and resides in the state of Alabama, where she pursues her passion for helping people see the beauty in other states and countries through her own accounts.
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