5 festivals like Holi

Holi 2022: 5 festivals from around the world that are celebrated similarly to Holi


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Holi is one festival in India where an individual wouldn’t mind getting messy and drenched once a year. One of those days where you can channel your inner child with your loved ones. But did you know some parts of the world also celebrate a similar festival like ours?

Check out the names of the festivals, how do they celebrate and their origin.

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Songkran- Thailand

Songkran, a 3-day festival is almost similar to our festival Holi but this festival the people of Thailand throw ice-cold water at each other at the same time apply a beige-color paste on each other. This festival is celebrated to mark Thailand’s new year where they believe by pouring water on each other would wash their sins before stepping into the new year. The festival is celebrated from April 13th to April 15th.

Songkran festival in Thailand

Boryeong Mud Festival- South Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival is probably the messiest out of all. It was first held in the year 1988 to promote the city’s mud business. Boryeong city is situated in the coastal area of Chungcheongnam province in South Korea. The festival may look like you want to think twice before celebrating it, but what’s fascinating is the mud used in the festival is actually good for the skin. It can help the skin in slow-aging, exfoliate and rejuvenate. The festival is celebrated from July 17th to July 20th.

Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea

La Tomatina Festival- Spain

If you watched Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara then you would know better! The festival is held in the Valencian town of Buñol where citizens paint the town red around the last week of August. People in Spain throw squeezed tomatoes on each other for fun. It is a festival done right with joy and unity. Unlike other festivals, this festival started in the most unexpected way where some young people in 1945 spent time in the town square to attend the Giants and Big-Heads figures parade. One of the participant’s Big-head fell off, as a result, the participant flew into a fit of rage, and began hitting everything in their path. There was a market stall of vegetables that fell victim to the fury of the crowd, as people started to pelt each other with tomatoes until the local forces ended the fruit battle. The following year, some young people engaged in a pre-planned quarrel and brought their own tomatoes from home. Although the local forces broke it up, this began the yearly tradition.

La Tomatina in Spain

Chinchilla Watermelon Festival- Australia

You thought it was only tomatoes? No sir, we have watermelons involved too! The watermelon festival takes place every second year in Chinchilla town in Australia. The festival takes place around the month of February for a week where the people of the town engage themselves in melon-themed events such as Melon skiing, Melon bull’s eye, Melon bungee, Melon chariot and Melon ironman. The festival started around the year 1994 to attract people to the town.

Chinchilla watermelon festival

Carnival of Ivrea- Italy

Carnival of Ivrea or the battle of oranges is the Italian version of La Tomatina that is held in the northern Italian city of Ivrea. Here the people form groups and literally have a battle of throwing oranges at each other. It is even bigger than the tomato festival in Spain. This festival started in the 12th century by the royals of Italy. It starts around the last week of February.

Carnival de Ivrea in Italy

Out of the list which festival would you want to try out apart from Holi?

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