HOLI HAI BHAI HOLI
BURA NA MANO…HOLI HAI…
We Indians have a special love for this festival in our country…Isn’t it? But you will be surprised that not only we celebrate in India, the spirit of love, selflessness, masti, but all over the world the spirit of Holi is enjoyed and waited for. Holi represents the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
Let’s see them.
- The Orange Battle of Italy: Celebrated in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, the Battle of the Oranges is a festival similar to our very own Holi. Instead of colors, people throw oranges on each other. It is also the largest food fight in Italy.Celebration date:February every year.
- Mud Festival in Boryeong, South Korea.:Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea, it’s all about mud, when they celebrate Mud Festival. It is an annual festival which takes place during the summer. the reason is that the mud of Boryeong is used for cosmetics and this festival was to attract tourists and is actually marketing initiative!!!!!!!! Celebration date: July 17-26, every year.
- Chinchilla Watermelon Festival in Australia: Chinchilla is a town in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia which is also known as the ‘Melon Capital of Australia’. There is a Melon Festival every second year in February. Melon Bulls eye, Melon Skiing, Melon Chariot, Melon Bungee, Melon Ironman, a pip spitting competition, and melon eating races take place. But the most exciting is Melon Head Smashing – cracking open as many watermelons as possible using only the head. Celebration date: February every year.
- ‘The Tomato Battle’ or ‘La Tomatina’ in Bunol, Spain: you all might have seen the movie”Zindagi milegi na dobara”…Hrithik Roshan one…La Tomatina is a Spanish festival celebrated in the Valencian town of Buñol. people throw tomatoes get into the tomato fight just for fun. Celebration date: the last Wednesday of August, every year.
- Clean Monday Flour War Carnival, Greece: There is nothing CLEAN about the Clean Monday held in Galaxidi in Greece. Sacks and sacks of flour (some 1,500 kgs of it) are used; by the end of the day, everyone looks they’ve been through some gigantic flour mill. Celebration date: Early March, the Monday before lent begins every year.
- Oktoberfest, Germany. The Oktoberfest is a sixteen-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the World’s largest fair with around 6 million people attending it every year. Celebration date: Late September, every year.
- Songkran festival in Thailand: Songkran is one of the most similar messy festivals to Holi because people tend to throw ice-cold water and apply the beige coloured paste to each other. It is celebrated to mark Thailand’s New Year. It is a festival of unity that represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. The name Songkran is derived from Sanskrit word Sankranti meaning transmigration of the sun from one Rashi to the next. Celebration date: 13 to 15 April every year.
- Haro wine festival, Spain: Haro Wine is a wet, hot, sticky, and messy festival where people toss wine on each other until everyone is left soaked in Wine. It is a summer festival held in the town of Haro in the La Rioja region of Northern Spain On Saint Peters Day. Haro Wine festival is associated with Batalla Del Vino meaning Batlle of Wine and is declared a Festival of National and Touristic Interest by the Spanish Government. Celebration date:27th and 30th of June every year.
So, which festival smacked you as hard as our beloved Holi do?