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.