Holi Celebrations Around the World
Holi is one of the most playful and colorful festivals. And today it is celebrated not only in India, but also in the other corners of the globe. If you like the rock band Coldplay, you might be interested to learn a fascinating fact. When the band members learnt about the festival of colors, they were so mesmerized with it that they decided to visit India and include the celebration into the music video for Hymn for the Weekend.
Everyone loves to have fun and enjoy life, so it’s no wonder that Holi has become so popular across the world. Let’s see how it is celebrated outside of India!
- Spain. In the town called Sadabell, which is located close to Barcelona, people have been celebrating Holi for 7 years! About 10,000 people of all ethnic groups come to this town every year to take part in the festival of colors. Celebration in Sadabell is rather traditional: it includes white outfits, loud music, delicious food, all-day Indian dancing and, of course, multiple colors.
- The USA. Holi is very popular in the States too. On this day, people take part in the Color Run. They run for 5 kilometers to be covered by a number of bright colors. This run has a rule – participants have to wear white outfits that turn into multiple-hue clothes by the end of it.
- The UK. Even prim Englishmen like to have fun at Holi! One of the reasons to the popularity of this celebration in the UK is the fact that Indians are the 2nd biggest ethnic minority there. Holi is mostly celebrated in such cities as Newcastle, Birmingham, Manchester and Leicester. They hold parades, offer dance sessions and food stalls and, obviously, throw colors at each other.
- Suriname. In case you’ve never heard of this small country, it is located on the northeastern coast of South America. People, who live there, are extremely excited to celebrate the festival of colors. They call it Phagwa and, similarly to India, they observe it to mark the beginning of spring. Traditionally, they plant a castor oil plant several weeks before the celebration and burn it on Holi. It is a part of the tradition called Holika Dahan. One of the integral parts of the celebration is delicious Indian food – chutney, bara, potato balls and gurgula.
- Mauritius. Hindus constitute about 50% of the Mauritian population. Consequently, it’s no wonder that Holi is an important celebration there. In the morning on the day of Holi, people smear each other with gulaal and spray colored water. During the day, one can hear the sounds of cymbals and drums and see the crowds dancing and singing. To celebrate the triumph of good over evil, people light bonfires and observe the ritual of Holika Dahan. In the evening, the participants of the celebration also share sweet food and greet each other with tilak.
Holi is so exciting, isn’t it?