If you love getting dirty, and don´t mind getting blasted full of color to make you look like you crashed into a rainbow, you will definitely be interested in HOLI BARCELONA, taking place on 14 April on Rambla del Carmel. (Metro Carmel on line 5)
The festival basically denotes the end of winter, and the beginning of Spring (harvest season) and gets its name as “Festival of colors” from the Hindu god Krishna, who is a re-incarnation of Vishnu. According to legend, Vishnu supposedly liked playing with village girls by covering them in colors and water. This year marks the 3rd year of this event, with increasing number of participants every year!
The HOLI festival also celebrates the of good over evil, which was brought about by the destruction of a demoness called Holika. Usually on the eve of Holi big bonfires are made, with the intention of “burning” evil spirits.
In essence, the festival creates the opportunity to forget about distinction in race, sex, creed or status, since everybody ends up looking the same – colored in a myriad of colors, and having fun while doing so.
Remember that you should come wearing old clothes, since many of the colors are virtually impossible to wash out. Obviously the whiter (or lighter) your clothes are, the better the colors will show. It might also be a good idea to wear protection for your hair and eyes, and also to moisturize yourself before and after, since this will help you remove the dye more easily. For more information and merchandise, see the official website here