The messier a festival, the crazier it is, no question. Festivals bring people together and give them opportunities to share a laugh, and drench each other with color, mud, water, tomatoes and oranges. Here’s a quick list starting with Holi of 6 festivals that will make you wet!
Holi is celebrated in every corner of the Indian subcontinent in order to commemorate the arrival of spring season and fruitful harvests. Once a Hindu festival, Holi, has now become popular among other communities as well. It acts as a catalyst that brings people together irrespective of their cast, creed or religion.
Team up with your friends and make the most of this festival of colors. As they say, “Bura na mano Holi hai” (Let’s forget all our differences on Holi)!
When and Where: March-India
2. Boryeong Mud Festival
This festival has quite an interesting story. In 1998, the Boryeong Mud Festival was initiated in the form of a marketing stint by a renowned cosmetic company, where participants could experience the effects of Boryeong mud in the most natural way. Since then it has come a long way and attracts millions of people every year.
Each year millions of folks fly to the beach sides of Boryeong city to indulge themselves in mud soaked adventures of the Boryeong Mud Festival. Apart from natural beautification, there are various other events that go down.
You can relive your childhood by riding on mud slides, showcase your artistic side by participating in various exhibitions and shake a leg at the hip-hop and rave parties at night.
When and Where: July- South Korea
3. The Color Festival
As the name suggests, the Color Festival is inspired by Holi, equipped with transitions to build the interest of folks who love to party. Vibrant colors, electronic music and insane peeps come together to make one of the happiest festivals in the world.
The Color Festival has gone viral. Countries like United Kingdom, Australia, Deutschland and Jamaica have their own chapters. Be prepared for the big throws; nope we don’t mean baseball but handfuls of colors!
When and Where: Too many countries man!
4. La Tomatina
Little did the young boys in the 1945 Big Heads Parade know, that hassling a musician with tomatoes, would one day become an extravaganza itself. Yes! that’s how La Tomatina came into existence!
The concept of La Tomatina is quite simple; there are huge containers with tomatoes in them, and once palo jabon, a greasy pole with a piece of meat on top is swept off, you dunk yourself in those tomatoes. You may throw these at people as well, but you might wanna squeeze them first.
Each and every street of Bunol, Valencia is flooded in tomatoes! You see cheerful faces all around, tossing the red vegetable at each other. The Spanish Football team is the second best thing that happened to Spain, the first is the La Tomatina festival!
When and Where: August-Bunol,Spain
5. Songkran Water Festival
The Songkran Water Festival is celebrated all over Thailand in order to greet the Thai New Year. For three consecutive days streets of Thailand are filled with people throwing water at each other. No matter how young or old you are, if you’re stepping out of the house-be prepared to be showered with cheerful showers.
Interestingly, the festival is believed to have Indian origin: Songkran is a Sanskrit word that means to pass or move into; here that could be accounted for moving in to the new year. Along with the fun involved, Thai people also pay their respect to elders by sprinkling their hands with scented water.
When and Where: April-Thailand
6. Battle of the Oranges
Some of us already witnessed the Italian obsession with oranges in ‘The Godfather,’ where this fruit is almost a supporting actor! Well, the relationship between oranges and Italians dates back to the twelfth century.
According to legend, a tyrant attempted to rape a young girl, named Violetta. She managed to somehow escape and decapitate the tyrant instead. This was followed by commoners attacking the palace. From that day on, every year one girl is chosen to play Violetta and two groups that represent the tyrant and commoners fight the biggest food fight of Italy !
When and Where: February- Ivrea, Italy
Now that you know about these kick-ass festivals around the world, we would appreciate it if you traveled and took part in at least one! If you’ve already been share some pictures or tell us about your experiences.