After Jarom and I returned from geode hunting and Amy and Bella were done with the princess show, we all met up to go to the India Festival at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork.
There are always llamas there at the temple. You can see how excited this makes Oey.
Jarom got in on the fun too
but the llamas weren't particularly into us
The kids all broke into a trot around the second story of the temple. Here's Oey mid-run, with some excellent hand positions.
it really was pretty there at sunset
my pretty baby during sunset
it slowly became a nice full moon
Bella got to pose with some Indian princesses
Jarom actually got inside the birdcage (sans birds thank goodness)
This is the effigy that was soon to be burn.
They set off a firework directly at the effigy, which then bursts into flames and sets off another string of fireworks that went off high above us.
starting to burn
captivated, watching the festivities
Everyone watching. Kids are always into big burning things it seems.
some really cool flaming ashes were swirling about
a view of the temple from our vantage point
rock-sitting, finishing up our delicious meal of authentic Indian food (and juice)
and then the fires went out next to the koi pond
posing with those in costume; Oey's either in awe or confused
Bella in her awesome new skirt
Then a Krishna-themed rock band started up. They were awesome. Their songs were rock- and even kind of ska-influenced. They had everyone dancing. The lead singer was white but sang in a very Indian-style voice. He looked just like Martin! I couldn't get Martin out of my head. Must be the white long-sleeved thermal. A clip of the band is further down.
The banner above the singer's head shows the Hare Krishna mantra. Every one of their songs was basically only that in lyric, but changed melodically every time so it was new and awesome. It's a chant that is Hindu in context but universal in concept. The chant is supposed to bring about higher consciousness, bring you closer to God. It's pretty interesting (read the wikipedia link!).
a bunch of folks dancing it up
our view of the temple as we walked away
the band rocking out
the kids enjoying it (okay except maybe Bella--she was tired?)