Once all the hoopla surrounding St. Patrick's Day settles down, it's time to celebrate other ethnic communities in the metro. Saturday's Holi festivities, celebrating the Indian Festival of Colors, will feature food, music and color. Literally. People toss colored powder on each other, says Chandra Venkat, the spokesman for the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City, which hosts the festival on March 19 at 6330 Lackman Road in Shawnee.
I'm excited by the food aspect of the festival. More than 25 food vendors will be selling dishes, both savory and sweet, from many different regions of India, from noon to 2:30 p.m. The tossing of colored powder sounds distinctly less appealing, although Venkat says patrons are usually politely asked if they want colored powder tossed on them before it actally happens.