HOLI festival

Written by on August 26, 2013 in Travel - Comments Off on HOLI festival

holi__one-420878This bank holiday allmygoodness ventured to Manchester for the last of the festival season. HOLI Festival came to Manchester’s Heaton park and it was a day and night not to be missed.

HOLI Festival is a music festival inspired by the traditional Hindu festival in India. The HOLI Festival takes place on the day of the fullmoon of the Phaluga month and is one of the most famous celebrations in the northern parts of India. At this Hindu-Festival people celebrate the victory of the good over the bad and the beginning of the spring.

The special feature is that the people paint themselves with various colours and throw colourful powder in the air to express the freedom and to colour their everyday life. The most important thing is, that on this day all castes of the indian caste-system are nullified and put out of force. On this day of celebration all people are supposed to be equal.

63806This is where the idea to bring this festival to the rest of the world come from. The event aims to bring all cultures and communities together to be able to enjoy an open, friendly event.

The concept of the festival is, therefore, is to meet new people, listen to fantastic DJs whilst throwing organic gulal paint into the air (and sometimes at each other). Gulal paint is powder paint made from cornflower and therefore, not destructive to clothes or belongings.

The Manchester festival showcased a range of local DJs whereas when the festival was in London two weeks ago they pulled in names like Scream and Benga.

The popularity of the festival is predicted to grow next year. Manchester’s festival was small but perfectly formed mainly due to competition from Creamfields festival in Liverpool and Manchester gay pride weekend.

If you are looking for a fun, alternative event then allmygoodness fully recommend HOLI festival.

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Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha