So how many of you know what holi is? Last year, I went all the way to Spain to attend La Tomatina. The festival of tomatoes in which the locals of and foreigners (like me who travel from all parts of the world) involve themselves in a tomato fight, purely for fun. People crush and throw tomatoes at each other that are supplied by the local authorities by truckloads!
This, much to my disappointment, turned out to be way more sad than I had anticipated. Over the years, the festival has become so popular that the people were way more than the tomatoes and we were left high and dry hoping for one stray tomato to come by our way.
This brings me back to holi!
Holi is celebrated in my own country, India! It’s a beautiful festival where we play with dry colors, water and water balloons in much the same way. It’s a playful fight which leaves us all drenched in colored water and wasted. This, I realized, is way more fun becuase it involves your friends and family, sweets, thandai (an awesome milk based drink) and bhang (opium) :D
I feel that this festival has just not been marketed well and given it’s due importance. It’s celebrated in all parts of India except the South. So, if you’re planning to visit India, do visit in the month of March to get a flavor of it. You won’t regret it!