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Colours have the incredible power to transcend language barriers and connect people across cultures. One of the most vibrant and captivating ways this is celebrated is through festivals of colours. These festivals are often rooted in religious or cultural traditions and aim to unite communities to celebrate life. They also end up creating a spectacle that is both visually stunning and emotionally uplifting. In this blog, let’s go on a colourful journey around the world, exploring some of the most captivating festivals of colours. 

1. Holi - India 

When we talk about the festivals of colours, the first obvious festival that comes to our minds is Holi. It is arguably the most well-known and widely celebrated colourful festival in the world. Rooted in culture, Holi marks the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. Celebrated with fervour and enthusiasm across India, people joyously throw coloured powders and water at each other, creating a mesmerizing landscape of colours in the air. 

2. La Tomatina - Spain 

This one is for the ZNMD fans. If you find joy in getting messy, then La Tomatina in Buñol, Spain, is the festival for you. Thousands gather annually to engage in the world's biggest tomato fight. The streets turn into a sea of red as participants hurl overripe tomatoes at each other. This unique festival not only celebrates the joy of colours but also showcases the spirit of community. 

3. Dia de los Muertos - Mexico 

If you have seen the movie “Coco”, then this festival is not new to you. While not a traditional "festival of colours" in the Holi sense, Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a vibrant and colourful celebration in Mexico. Families create elaborate altars adorned with bright marigold flowers, sugar skulls, and the favourite foods of their departed loved ones. Parades filled with people dressed as skeletons, adorned in colourful costumes and face paint, create a visually stunning tribute to those who have passed away. 

4. Carnival of Venice - Italy 

The Carnival of Venice is a popular celebration of elegance and of course, vibrant colours. Masked people flood the streets, participating in grand parades and masquerade balls. The elaborate and artistic masks, often adorned with intricate designs and vivid colours, add an air of mystery and enchantment to this iconic festival.  

5. Songkran - Thailand 

Songkran, the Thai New Year, is celebrated with a water fight of epic proportions. People take to the streets armed with water guns and buckets, dousing each other in a symbolic cleansing ritual. The entire country transforms into a giant water battle zone, with laughter and joy echoing through the streets as people of all ages partake in the festivities, welcoming the new year with a splash of happiness and celebration. 

These festivals of colours offer a unique lens through which to view the diverse cultures and traditions that span the globe. Whether it's the vibrant chaos of Holi in India, the tomato-flinging frenzy of La Tomatina in Spain, the elegant masquerade of Venice's Carnival, or the water-soaked celebrations of Songkran in Thailand, these festivals share a common thread of joy, community, and the universal language of the love for colour. As we immerse ourselves in these celebrations, we not only witness the beauty of diversity but also recognize the common humanity that unites us all. 

November 30, 2023


Ankita Joshi
Ankita Joshi

A history, culture and music enthusiast with tremendous love for travel! My love for writing comes from my love for reading and exploring various topics.

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