Holi is the Festival of Colors, a traditional Indian holiday celebrated in our own innovative fashion. By far our biggest festival of the year, during Holi 2010 thousands of revelers flooded the temple and grounds for a day of brightly colored powder, mantra, music and a bit of “holi” mayhem.
There will be musical interludes, the lighting of a bonfire, burning of an effigy, and the throwing of dry colors on friend and foe alike.
This year, realizing that Holi has developed a national following especially among college festival-goers, we are preparing more parking and more colors (by far) than ever before. The music, the dance, the worship, the facilities — everything is being upgraded for Holi 2011.
In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of social merriment. People bury their hatchets with a warm embrace and throw their worries to the wind. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. Young and old alike are covered with colors (red, green, yellow, blue, black and silver). People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.
Holi 2011 Color Throwings will be March 26th every 2 hours from 10 am – 8 pm & Sunday March 27 from Noon – 4 pm *** Admission is Free! ***
On the main stage (subject to change):
10 am – 11:00 am will be Prem Mayi & Band
11:00 am – 12:30 pm, Namrock with TK & Nirantara with Jai Krishna Das & Govinda Dhatta, including Curt Gordon (lead guitar), Troy Peery (bass) Josh Francis (Trumpet), Dan Nelson (Saxaphone) & Shaun Thomas (drums).
The event will include classical and folk-dancing, live music, dramas, a ceremony of lights, a huge vegetarian feast, and offering of respects to a live cow.
The Festival of Lights occurs during the lull between fall harvests and the onset of the monsoons. Thus it is a time of thanksgiving, and that corollary festival is called Anna Kuta (literally meaning “heaps of food”). Lord Krishna inaugurated this festival by inspiring the inhabitants of His village (Vrndavan) to worship the cows on this one day per year and to prepare a huge celebratory feast consisting of no less than 108 preparations.
Guests are encouraged to prepare vegetarian dishes at home (without onions or garlic) and bring them to the temple to augment the devotional offerings. Optionally, one could bring fruits, or flowers.
Brought back by popular demand is the fabulous jet ski Kite Team: Kiteman Productions from Orlando, Florida. If you were unable to attend last year this is one spectacle you should try to see. They are amazing! Also, on the main flying field, Utah Kite Fliers will demonstrate expert flying with their multiple stunt kites both on Friday night under the lights and on Saturday (wind-permitting) all day; the most popular feature of the Wind Fest was the Childrens Kite Making Workshop which will be in full swing this year. Also, we will again feature the Kite Garden display called Aerial Art by local kite creator Scott Hampton. On Saturday at high noon, you can witness the Parade of Flight Small Aircraft fly-over to honor the 1st Anniversary of the Wind Turbines.
The Wind Fest also features the popular Energy Expo. Vendors, businesses, and Entrepreneurs from the surrounding area will feature “green” products and practices. This Expo is unique in that you can actually test drive a Segway or a Klune Chariot, or an Electric Gem Car. There are many exciting products featured like solar camping gear, low energy stoves, conversion kits for vehicles, and more.
Friday Activities 4:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
4:00 5:00 6:00 p.m. Kiteman Kites on the Reservoir
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Children’s Kite-Making Workshop and Cinema
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Bonneville School of Sailing Dinghys (Two-Man Sailboats)
Hui Paokalani Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Rides (small charge$)
4:30 – 6:30 Utah County Remote Control Airplane fly-over
5:30 p.m. Joe Wahinehookae’s Hawaiian Feast (pre-sale $7.50 at SF City Office)
Rice*Kalua Pork*Teriyaki Chicken*Macaroni*Cake ($8.50 at door)
7:00 p.m. Luau on the Beach featuring Kalama Mohala Dancers
8:30 p.m. Night FLY with Wakeless Kite Fliers at the Gun Club Field (Under the
Lights &Wind permitting)
Saturday Activities: 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Energy Expo (“Green Walk”–featuring businesses offering sustainable energy concepts)
Children’s Kite Making Workshop at the Gun Club (all day)
Wakeless Kites Fliers & Friends at the Gun Club Field (Through-out the day wind
permitting—professionals demonstrating the art of areo-dynamics)
Kite & Spinner Gardens (Prize-winning Art on Kites) for Family Picnics
Scott Hampton’s Aerial Art, George Peters Art of the Air.
Kiteman Productions (Kite trains behind jet skis) On the Hour
Windless Flying Demonstrations (at the Kite Store)
BYU’s Award-Winning Animation Short featurettes KITES! And others!
(in the Gun Club Building through-out the day)
“Spirit of Utah” Air Show Team (Remote Control Hobbyists) Between 11:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m.
Bonneville School of Sailing (on the Reservoir –through-out the day)
Utah Paddle Surfing (on the Reservoir—throughout the day)
PARADE of FLIGHT (Small aircraft fly-over to honor 1st Birthday of Wind Turbines) 12:00 noon
Hui Paokalani Outrigger Canoe Rides (On the Reservoir—throughout the day)
Family Kite Fly (Designated area only—for your safety–at the Gun Club Field)
The annual Utah County Fair will be hosted at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds with traditional fair attractions, exhibits, and activities. Free admission.
The county Fair features a variety of activities that the whole family can enjoy including contests and activities for kids at the Kid’s Korner, carnival rides, food, live entertainment, and the Demolition Derby.
475 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Hours of Operation: Opens 4:00pm on Wednesday