Amazing music? Check!
Lots of colour? Double check!
Everywhere happy people? Triple check!
This pretty sums up how I experienced my Saturday. Two party animals (Eva and Margaux) joined me to experience a first ever organized festival in Belgium: Holi Festival.
This feast of colours is one of the most important celebrations amongst the Hindu communities. It is their way to celebrate the transition from winter to spring but also the victory of the good over the evil. The gulal (colour powder) is used during this celebration which makes it one big colourful day. Social boundaries are vanished for one day which results in one equality. It's a pity though that only such a celebration makes people forget about the differences amongst each other.
To come back to the Holi Festival. It was a day full of striking colours and everyone was happy. Throwing the colour powder at each other created also a day without boundaries. Everyone around me was having fun, talking to and dancing with each other.
There were a lot of positive and negative reactions before the festival even took place because of the fact the ticket sale and lineup was announced pretty late. My opinion: I wanted to attend the festival anyway because of the colour concept. My opinion during and after the festival? Seriously, the lineup included a lot of unknown names (for me) but it was GREAT, the whole lineup was awesome. There were some problems though with the music in the very beginning but that was solved quickly. Everyone was having fun with the powder, laying in the sun, chillin' and sippin' beer anyways so it really didn't bother me at all.
Holi festival, you'll see me back next year!
ps: there's a similar festival coming up in Brussels in a couple of weeks for those who are interested.