A Great Excuse to Get Messy!
Some people don’t need an excuse to get messy and act crazy, but if you’d rather have a good reason to wreck your clothes you should check out the Holi Festival of Colours. A celebration of colours, music and dance that all seems to be in the name of love and peace, this festival that originated in India is now celebrated around the world.
What is the Holi Festival of Colours?
Like many festivals that are now celebrated around the world, Holi started out as a far more specialist celebration that originated in India and Nepal as an ancient Hindu religious festival. Along similar lines to Beltane festivals that have been celebrated in the Western world for centuries, Holi is a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of spring, and it also signifies good beating evil.
It’s a time for people to get together, to forgive and forget, and generally have a good time.
Holi has been celebrated by Hindus for many centuries and the celebrations interested European traders back in the 17th century, but it’s only in the last few years that Holi has expanded beyond its roots as a religious festival and grown into something more.
Festival of Colours Tour
If you still want to experience the original Holi you can travel to India and Nepal for the greatest celebrations, usually taking place in March – the exact date coincides with the vernal equinox and the full moon – but if you’re looking for a far broader experience check out the Festival of Colours Tour. It’s grown into a huge celebration for non-Hindus, with music, DJs, food and drink, and of course plenty of colour!
Festival of Colours 2013
The colour, by the way, is thanks to coloured powder, traditionally flour powder, that is thrown at everyone and everything then mixed in with some water so it sticks to your skin, hair and clothes, and makes a huge mess!
The Festival of Colours Tour is itself growing since it started in 2012 in Berlin. Last year it went global, including London, Mexico City and Cape Town, and in 2014 it’s set to hit even more countries. So far London had to add an extra day to keep up with demand for tickets, so London’s festival is happening on the 28th and 29th June at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
by Claire Bolgil, Travel Writer Extraordinaire