Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Holi Hare

So, every March the local Indian Hindu temple, and probably all hindu temples around the world, do this thing they call the festival of colors. It is from an ancient tradition in which this demon (I can't remember her name... ) was immune to fire. So she would take babies into the fire and burn them. Well, one day, she was supposed to take a five year old boy into the fire (not exactly sure who the boy was... I was only half listening when they explained it because it was super loud), anyways, she was supposed to take this little boy in. While she went into the fire she was chanting Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hare Hare, Krishna Krishna, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare (which is the chant they use now in their worshiping). Well instead of the fire killing the babies as it usually did, the fire killed the demon and so now they chant this while burning the demon at the festival. Hare Krishna is also their God, of some sort, they have a lot of Gods, sorry I'm not getting this exactly right. Anyways, the colors, and the festival represent the coming of Spring, and the Hindu's believe the God loves colors, this is why they use the peacock as their symbol in many traditional ceremonies, they believe it is God's favorite bird because of the exquisite colors. It is evident also in the ceremonial robes and everyday clothing they wear. They are always dressed in many colors. So, the whole point of that explanation is that every March they hold this ceremony and invite the surrounding communities. A HUGE number of BYU students go because it is interesting to learn about other cultures, and quite frankly, kind of fun to throw chalk at each other and to see the ceremony take place. I've placed pictures here, and on my scrapbook site, because it is really pretty cool to see. Obviously I don't know everything about the Hindu culture, so if you want to know for sure, you'd have to check it out and I apologize for getting anything wrong. http://heidisscrapbook.shutterfly.com/ <---- Link to more awesome pictures.
P.S. The name of my blog does make sense, because it is called the Holi Temple, and the Holi Festival of colors.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Break!! Well... Sorta...

I personally don't get spring break... BOO! But my friends from home do, and they came to visit me a few weeks ago. Unfortunately they picked the coldest week of the month, but that is ok I guess.. We still had fun. I've also started a picture blog, since all I ever really do on here is post pictures, with all of my albums, it will probably only be interesting to my parents, but it will be an easy way for them to see all my pictures, and give them something to do if they are ever bored...
http://heidisscrapbook.shutterfly.com/ It's kinda cool, I haven't had a whole lot of time to mess with it yet, but all of my spring break pictures are on there. We went and saw some Olympic sites, and they LOVED the mountains, so if any of you are mountain lovers, check out those pictures, there are some fantastic ones on there. That site is kind of cool, you can order prints straight from it, or save them to your computer. I gave you a little teaser of some people ice fishing on the lake. Kinda interesting...This is from up the Provo canyon, for all you Provoers that are wandering where in the heck we took this. P.s. No editing was done. Awesome Huh? Also, I'm working on applying for the creative track in the Advertising program, and I am also applying for an internship for this summer that would pay $10 an hour for me to do Copywriting for them. I won't tell you what that is and make you look it up on your own if you don't know. :) Anyways, it feels like once I get my list down to a few last To-Dos, one hundred more pile up, such as a research paper :) for example. Oh well, Life is good. What more can I say? :)