MINNESOTA, U.S., March 14, 2014 (Farmington Independent): Clouds of colored powder will serve as an early sign of spring this weekend, even if they're likely to leave behind more than a few technicolor snowdrifts. The colors will fly Sunday as part of Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir's recognition of Holi, a religious festival held each year to welcome spring.
"It's a growing festival not only in Minnesota, but in all the states," said Satya Balroop, treasurer at Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir, which has been in Farmington for about two years. "We're really looking forward for this event to share the love and joy with the people of Minnesota so they can have a better understanding of what we're all about."
The Holi celebration at Minnesota Hindu Milan Mandir will feature music and dancing and food for sale, but the most recognizable part of Holi is the colors. With colored powders and colored water, Holi typically leaves participants looking like human Easter eggs, covered from head to toe in pastel shades.
Joys and sorrows are time-born and cannot last. Therefore, do not be perturbed by these. The greater the difficulties and obstructions, the more intense will be your endeavor to cling to His feet and the more will your prayer increase from within. And when the time is ripe, you will gain mastery over this power.
-- Anandamayi Ma (1896-1982), God-intoxicated Bengali saint