Last weekend the family and I went to the Spring Flare festival of colours, one of the many events being staged over the next few weeks as part of the G20 Cultural Events Program.
Actually to tell the truth we almost didn’t go.
Although I’d planned going to the festival as part of our weekend activities earlier in the week, when Sunday morning rolled around I really wasn’t feeling it. It was stinking hot and I was having a mental meltdown about how far behind I was with the housework.
But since I’d told the boys we were going I pulled myself together and off we went. And I’m so glad I did because I am not exaggerating when I say we had an absolute BLAST!
Now I’d never participated in a Colour Run or attended a celebration of the Indian festival of Holi – both events which involve flinging colour at your fellow attendees. So I wasn’t sure what to expect.
But after earning my stripes at Spring Flare, here are a few tips for having some good clean while getting delightfully dirty at a colour festival…
1. Wear white clothing
Look you don’t HAVE to but the effect is so much better if you do!
2. Buy more packets of colour than you think you’ll need
Throwing colours at your family, friends and random strangers is not only fun – its seriously addictive! We thought 2 packets of colour each would be enough but they SO weren’t. We were all having way too much of a good time to stop after two packets, so Brook went off and bought another 10 packets much to the delight of the whole family.
We rewarded him by mercilessly pelting him with the colours he had just purchased.
3. Love thy neighbour
Sure throwing colour at strangers is allowed and encouraged BUT its good form to at least make eye contact to let them know your planning to chuck a handful of coloured dust at them. Don’ t throw it directly in peoples faces or eyes. Don’t throw it at someone who looks like they’re a bit stressed for whatever reason. All those things you mum taught you basically!
4. Take lots of water
The coloured dust does get in in your mouth and make you very thirsty
5. If you are claustrophobic or have asthma stay to the back of the crowd
During the “colour countdown” everyone in the crowd lets rip with their colours at the same time. The video at the start of this post gives you some idea of what this is like – it literally blocked out the sun for a good 30 seconds! So if you don’t like feeling closed in or if you have breathing difficulties stay towards the back of the crowd for your own comfort.
6. TAKE TOWELS!!
This is probably the biggest lesson we learnt! We tootled back to the car in high spirits after the event only to realise once we got there that…
a) we were filthy and
b) the poor car was going to bear the brunt of it!
So throw some towels in the boot so your upholstery wont end up with multi-coloured body prints all over it. Like ours did.
7. Don’t clean the bathroom before you go.
Like the car your bathroom is going to end up rather worse for wear after the entire family has washed of the equivalent of 20 packets worth of colour off themselves
8. At some point in the next 24 hours you will blow your nose and rainbow boogers will come out.
9. Yes the colours really do wash out
While I wouldn’t recommend you wear an expensive white silk dress to this event, all our clothes including the white t-shirt came up perfectly after a normal wash.
10. You will inevitably continue to find traces of colourful dust in random places
Like your mobile phone casing, your wallet and possibly your ears. Don’t worry – it will go away eventually!
Although this event was part of the G20 events program the event has been run previously by the QUT student union – albeit on a much smaller scale. Hopefully after the success of Spring Flare it will become a regular colourful explosion on the Brisbane events calendar!
Did you go to Spring Flare? Or have you been to another “colour festival”? Did you get rainbow boogers?
Please tell me it wasn’t just me…