Not only Indians celebrates Holi and likes to get messy during the festival. There are some similar festivals that are celebrated from around world which are as messy and as fun as Holi.
Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea-
The festival is celebrated every year during the summer in Boryeong. Boryeong is a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. For the period of the festival, several large attractions are raised in the seafront area of Daecheon where the mud is taken from the Boryeong mud flats. These include a mud pool, mudslides, mud prison and mud skiing competitions. Colored mud just like Holi is also produced for body painting. A large stage is built on the beach, which is used for live music, competitions plus various other visual attractions.
Orange Battle, Italy-
The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges between organized groups. It is the largest food fight in Italy. The celebration is based on a locally famous Battle of the Oranges that involves some thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams, who throw oranges at each other during the traditional carnival days that take place in February.
Chinchilla Watermelon festival, Australia-
Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia. The Melon Festival is held biennially. Situated less than 300 km from Brisbane. It was held in 1994 by local producers and businessmen, to lift the town’s spirits after the severe drought experienced in the early 1990s. Estimated numbers at the first Festival were approximately 2,500 which grew to an estimated that there were 10,000 visitors on the main day of the 2011 festival. The Festival highlights interactive and unique events, such as Melon Skiing, Melon Bungee, Melon Bullseye, Melon Ironman, Melon Chariot, a pip spitting competition, and melon eating races.
Songkran is the Thai New Year’s festival which comes on 13th April every year. The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word which means transformation or change. The story behind the festival is- in the olden days, Songkran was the time when statues of Lord Buddha were brought out to be cleaned with water. This water was collected and sprinkled on by families on each other for prosperity and good luck. As time passed, the sprinkling turned into dousing and then into fun water fights. Understandably, this is now the most loved part of Songkran.
Flour War, Greece-
Greek villagers staged a street battle Monday with bags of colored flour like Holi in an annual tradition called the Flour War. celebrations mark the end of carnival season and the beginning of the fast during Greek Orthodox Lent, the period leading up to Easter. celebrations mark the end of carnival season and the beginning of the fast during Greek Orthodox Lent, the period leading up to Easter. The Flour War starts with the ringing of cowbells and then the flour flies as participants parade, fire flour bombs and try to douse each other with as much flour as possible. Anyone who does not wish to be included can watch from across the village quay. Villagers cover their houses with plastic sheeting and don goggles and plastic suits.
La Tomatina, Spain
La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 kilometers from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
Battle of Wine, Spain
Each year between the 27th and 30th of June, thousands of thirsty locals and a handful of lucky tourists climb a mountain in La Rioja, Spain, and throw the sweet red liquid all over each other. This is St Peter’s Feast Day, though you’d be lucky to find a local who could tell you so, and the event is known around these parts as La Batalla del Vino de Haro.
Garma Festival, Australia
The Garma Festival of Traditional Culture is an annual festival that is held in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, Australia. The festival is celebrated at Gulkula that is approximately 40 kilometers from Nhulunbuy. The festival attracts around 20 different cultural groups from around Arnhem Land and the Northern Territory. It is the most vibrant celebration of Yolngu Aboriginal people of northeastern Arnhem Land. Members of the tribe paint themselves in bright colors and dance throughout the day.
Els Enfarinats, Spain-
The festival of Els Enfarinats takes place in the town of Ibi in Alicante, Spain on December 28, every year. as part of celebrations related to the Day of the Innocents. Els enfarinats comes from the Valencian word for “breading”, and roughly translate to “the breaded ones” or “the floured ones”.
Life in Color Festival-
Life in Color is a United States-based EDM event company, best known for their ongoing “paint party” Life in Color concert tours. The company was founded by Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz and Patryk Tracz as Committee Entertainment and the concert tour Dayglow in 2006. Billed by its organizers as the “world’s largest paint party”, the tour features performances by electronic musicians, joined by artistic performers and the tour’s signature spraying of the audience with paint throughout the show.