Spring is here. The flowers are blooming. The trees are sprouting new leaves. The people are emerging from hibernation to bike and run outside
For all those wish for more excitement while running in the city….join The Color Run!!! For this race, runners must wear a white shirt at the start. At each kilometer mark, runners are doused with powder of a different color (1k is yellow, 2k is blue, 3k is green, 4k is pink) until the 5k mark where runners reach the “Color Extravaganza.”
The colors and joy surrounding this 5k is very reminiscent of Holi, the Hindu religious holiday celebrated during the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna (late February or early March). Originally, Holi was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colors and saying farewell to winter. Although the religious aspect is highly emphasized, Holi also commemorates events present in Hindu mythology. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw colored powder at each other, and celebrate wildly. This period lasting about two days is also a time when social boundaries are relieved and people of all castes, gender, age, and socioeconomic status come together to enjoy each other’s presence as they celebrate the festival of new beginning.
I’ll be venturing up to Philadelphia on July 8th to run in this colorful event with a couple of friends for an informal high school cross country team reunion. Let me know if you’re going to be there!