Ever heard of the colour festival they have in Germany, Hungary and Israel? The one that originated in India?
Well this year it’s come to South Africa as well! Exciting!
Story of HOLI ONE
Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal but also in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours.
The festival has many purposes; first and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw coloured powder at each other, and celebrate wildly. Holi lowers (but does not remove completely) the strictness of social norms. Together, everyone enjoys each other’s presence on this joyous day. No one expects polite behaviour; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement, fun and joy.
“The global HOLI ONE festival is not directly linked to the original Holi Festival, nor with its religious aspects, but is definitely inspired by it and shares the same values – a day steeped in the old Indian tradition of bringing people together in love and peace, a tradition that transcends backgrounds and cultures” comments Brian Little, Managing Director of Seed Experiences, the award-winning agency behind the event. “We will carry this ethos throughout all of our planning, promoting a spirit of camaraderie and togetherness in the ‘We Are All One’ philosophy. Something that we feel is very relevant and necessary to the South African psyche”, concludes Little.
So on the 2nd of March the grand parade on Darling street will be a mass of thrumming energy, excited bodies and coloured flour paint. It’s R190 for a general admission ticket and R290 for a ticket that includes 5 colours. You aren’t allowed to take your own paints but they will sell some on the day at R20 a bag. There’s an awesome lineup of bands that will be playing that day and every hour on the hour a countdown culminates in everyone throwing their powder into the air to create a massive explosion of colour! Come join, wear white and a smile… Let’s bring some colour to our lives!
Not convinced you want to join in yet? Watch this and then tell me you still aren’t going to come and have some fun…
Mum just got me my early birthday gift. I can’t wait!