Holi Moly Winter's Over

January and February are tough months for many. There’s nothing particularly sexy about the fifty shades of gray that an oppressive winter can bring. The cold weather and lack of direct sunlight has us hunkered down, dreaming of a brighter day. Even our dreams seemingly happen in black and white. That’s why when spring arrives, we feel rejuvenated. The sun comes out, flowers are in bloom, and our mood rises. Colour seeps back into our lives.

What better way to welcome springs arrival than with Holi, the colourful Hindu Festival, celebrated across the world. The festival has traditionally signified the victory of good over evil, and the arrival of spring but has also come to represents a festive event to meet others, play, laugh, forgive and forget, and to act as a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

In keeping with the spirit of Holi, Tranquini are here to highlight 5 festive Holi like celebrations that happen around the world, where people come together to laugh, be positive and bring some colour into the world.

Holi – India & Nepal

Traditionally the Hindu festival is celebrated in its largest numbers in northern India and Nepal, but due to its popularity there are a number of celebrations around the world. During Holi people gather in the streets to celebrate, sing, dance and cover each other in coloured paint, derived from natural elements and plants. The result, a visual splendor of colour and positivity.

Songkran Festival – Thailand

The Thai New Years celebration is also regarded as a spring festival, also known as the water festival to some. Festival goers perform cleansing rituals splashing water over each other. The water represents purification and the washing away of ones sins and bad luck. Younger generations take to the streets to partake in a good-natured water fight.

The Colour Run – London, England

Inspired by the Holi Festival, participants run a 5km course, dressed in white, during which they are sprayed with multicoloured paints, covering runners from head to toe. Iterations of the run also take place in other parts of the world including Australia, South Africa, and Canada. If one exists in your area, strap on your running shoes and join in the fun.

Battle of the Oranges – Ivrea, Italy

Held in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, The Battle Of The Oranges is the largest food fight in Italy. The festival is held to commemorate the city’s defiance against a 12th century tyrant. Participants are grouped in nine teams and battle it out, loaded with oranges. If you don’t like pulp we suggest admiring the colourful explosion of citrus from a safe distance.

La Tomatina – Bunol, Spain

The Spanish festival held annually in the Valencian town of Buñol, involves a fun food fight composed entirely of tomatoes. The food fight lasts about an hour after which the whole town square is covered in red tomato paste. Fire trucks and locals then hose down the streets while some participants go to the pool of “los peñones” to wash. Due to its popularity the festival is celebrated outside of Spain as well.

So, go on then, spring to it, put on your overalls, get outside and celebrate the arrival of spring with Tranquini.

Spring Clean Your Mind

“Tweet-tweet”. Spring has sprung. You’re feeling energized and you leap out of bed, amble over to the kitchen to make a fresh pot of coffee. You walk outside to smell the flowers in bloom and reflect on your empty schedule. The day is yours to live as you wish.

Of course the reality is quite different. ‘Ting Ting’ – You wake up to a mail notification on your phone from your boss who says he needs that report you forgot to send a week ago. You have 36 unanswered Whatsapp messages, 4 Facebook notifications, 3 Breaking News reports. You scramble out of bed and step on a piece of misplaced Lego. Howling in pain you hop to your cluttered desk to search for that report but alas its nowhere to be found.

Spring for many represents a good time of year to clean out the house or apartment of unwanted clutter. But it also represents a great opportunity to unclutter the mind of unnecessary stress and start anew. Tranquini is here to help with 5 tips to spring clean your life, and promote a fresh, positive perspective.

Start At Home

Clutter is proven to be an energy drainer. It creates anxiety and the visual sensory overload doesn’t let you think clearly. Start by cleaning up your bedroom of all those things that distract you so you can get a good nights rest. Wash the dishes, organize your cupboard, do your laundry. A clean home makes for a clean mind.

Clean Out Your Fridge

The cold winter months can result in a lot of unhealthy comfort food eating. Our instinct is to hibernate and hoard fatty foods. Studies have shown that you’re far more likely to snack in a cluttered fridge than in a neat one. Now is great time to toss out those expired goods right at the back of the fridge and replace them with some fresh produce. The healthier you eat the healthier you’ll start to look and feel.

Clean Up Your Workspace

Is your desk a sea of disorganized papers, littered with coffee cups and paper clips? A messy work environment has been proven to take a toll on job performance leading to missed meetings, sloppiness and general inefficiency. Shorten your lunch break one day, and use the additional time to file away those loose papers, and clean your desk. You’ll be back to peak efficiency in no time and your boss will love you for it.

Unclutter your online life

In a modern world where you’re expected to be connected 24/7, we often overdo it, keeping our eyes and ears glued to our computers and phones. The visual intake of “multiple stimuli” lowers our ability to process information and creates enormous stress and anxiety. Our brains are bombarded with information which doesn’t allow or clear thinking or creative thought. Make it a habit everyday to switch off those screens for a few hours and allow your brain some much needed rest to think and contemplate in peace.

Get outside

Spring is in the air. Get outside. Get active. Go for a run, or a hike with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Take up an outdoor yoga class. Breathe in some fresh air. A bit of outdoor exercise will do wonders to refresh you, burn off those extra couple of winter pounds and purge your mind of unnecessary stress that’s built up over the cold months.

So what are you waiting for? Get a spring in your step, grab a Tranquini, and follow our useful tips. You’ll feel positively relaxed in no time.

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