The Holi Festival originated in India and celebrates the beginning of spring as well as the Hindu belief of the victory of good over evil.
They celebrate this by throwing colourful powder, Gulal, at each other. Forgetting the divisions between religion, class, background, age etc.
Cultural diversity, joy, mutual respect and tolerance make the Holi Festival unforgettable.
It has since spread across the world and has deterred from it’s original meaning.
Ie. it is celebrated at different times of the year not necessarily after winter.
But the ideas of equality and community are still at the centre of the festival.
I attended a Holi Festival on Saturday and loved it.
There was a stage with DJs performing and 8,000 people who attended.
Below are images I or my friends took during the day.
You start off all white and clean (and wet in our case due to the rain).
And then the fun begins…
It was a shame that it was poorly organised because it put a bit of a damper on things when you have to wait for over 30 mins for a drink or to pick up your pre-bought colour packets.
However, I would go again!
Next time without rain please.
If you do go keep a few things in mind:
♣ Do not wear anything you don’t mind being ruined forever (shirts, pants, bras, shoes, bag etc.).
♣ If you have contacts or very sensitive eyes wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes, when a couple thousand people throw up the powder it is bound to get EVERYWHERE.
♣ A mask for your mouth is probably not a bad idea either, the colour doesn’t taste that great (and when you can only buy drinks in cups and not bottles the taste will probably last awhile).
♣ If you’re blonde be aware you might have coloured hair for a few days (just ask my friends, they still have pink hair).