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What is this?

In India, the Festival of Colors 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, pink, orange, violet, and more).

Color your life and throw your worries to the wind! 

Tips

  • The dry powders supplied by the temple may stain hair & clothes, so please wear casual and/or used clothes. To avoid and/or minimize stain, vigorously shake out all dry excess powder before stepping into a shower, or washing your clothes. Once the caked dry colors get wet, it is hard to get out. However, if one can shake as much as possible out while dry, then the colors can be removed quite easily.
  • Do not throw colors into people’s eyes or mouth. It is safer and more fun to rub powder on cheeks, necks, or hair. If anyone gets irritants in their eyes, go to the clearly marked first-aid tent where EMTs will give you an eye rinse. We’ll always have on hand bandanas, sunglasses, and dust mask for covering eyes and mouth…recommended.  Anyone with asthma or any other breathing issues should avoid color events, or at least wear a mask and stay well away from the center of action. Same advice if you happen to be allergic to corn starch.
  • Do not wear contacts to a color event!
  • Please only use colors provided by the temple, and NOT FROM OTHER SOURCES – those colors may not be safe for this use. 
  • Those who would rather observe than participate in the throwing of the colors may stay back and watch from a distance, but there is no guarantee they will come out completely clean. Good idea to bring plastic seat covers for the drive home or bring a change of clothes and a plastic bag for your festival clothes. Be courteous of local businesses and do not leave messes in their bathrooms.
  • Do not throw colors on any passing cars, performers, musicians, and especially not on the uniforms of any firemen or police. If you do the latter, you might get arrested.

 

Initially, only go into the middle of the crowd if you are confident you and your health can handle it. The atmosphere may be difficult for those who have asthma or have never participated in such an event. Staying on the edges will allow you to exit if needed. 

We also have dust masks for sale at 25 cents if desired. Under no circumstances should small children be in the middle of the crowd, unless high on the shoulders of a parent, and wearing the right protection.

FAQ

people are allergic to corn. If you or your children has ever experienced hives and/or a rash after eating corn products, or working with the corn starch in your kitchen, be careful to fully cover nose and mouth so as not to ingest any of the powder.

Like all organic and most dry chemicals, as a powder or dust, this product (when mixed with air in critical proportions and in the presence of an ignition source) may present an explosion hazard. The minimum ignition temperature reported for dry cornstarch, through 200 mesh, is 380°C (716°F). Avoid open lights, flames, smoking materials, hot coals of any type or welding in area of product. Not recommended for indoor usage. Outdoor usage in well ventilated open space.

Water spray, foam and dry chemical. Use of water jet many cause explosive dust conditions. Do not use CO2 (carbon dioxide fire extinguishers) for outdoor dust fires. CO2 fire extinguishers are ineffective at extinguishing outdoor dust fires because they may not be able to displace enough oxygen to successfully put the fire out and they can cause the dust to spread, smolder and re-ignite.

The use of misters is a highly effective method for reducing dust while also creating an open air cooling effect for outdoor events. Misters can be purchased at most big box stores or larger portable systems are available as rental items. Misters reduce dust in the air by trapping dust in water particles and causing it to fall out of the air.

Parking

parking at the scioto mile is plentiful!

The surrounding area has many garages, metered parking spots, and surface lots on both sides of the river.

You can pay for parking at the nearest kiosk or you can use your mobile device in one of the three ways:

Use the ParkColumbus app

Text “park” to 77223

Scan the QR Codes seen on the signage downtown

The further out from the Festival, the cheaper the parking. The ParkColumbus App has more details.

The ParkColumbus app allows you to reserve a space in garages during events and see the prices. You can also find street parking rates using the app.

The closest garages on the east side of the river are the Columbus Commons, RiverSouth at Front and Rich, and the LeVeque Tower Garage at Broad and Front. On the west side you can park in the River & Rich garage off McDowell Street, the Gravity Garage on McDowell south of Broad Street and the Starling Garage at Starling and State streets.

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