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11 Festivals From Around The World That Are As Messy As Holi

by Shruti Botadra
on 2017-01-24 17:17:44

It’s not just Indians who love getting messy during Holi. The world loves it just as much as us. Here are a few festivals from around the globe that are as messy and as fun as Holi.

1. Boryeong Mud Festival

The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town around 200 km south of Seoul, South Korea. So even the Koreans know how to get down and dirty…

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2. La Tomatina

You’ll know this one from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. La Tomatina is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, People participate in it for fun and throw tons of rotten tomatoes at each other. Awesome.

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3. Songkran

Songkran is basically Thailand’s New Year Day festival. What makes it different is that people run around the streets throwing ice cold water on each other and smearing beige coloured paste on anyone they can get their hands on.

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4. Battle of the Oranges

It’s like La Tomatina, but with oranges. The Battle of the Oranges is the biggest food fight in Italy. People organize themselves into two groups and spend the day pelting oranges at each other.

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5. Els Enfarinats

Citizens of Spain’s Ibi celebrate Els Enfarinats every year and go at each other with firecrackers, flour bombs and eggs. It’s like a less colourful, more hardcore Holi.

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6. Battle of Wine

No prizes for guessing what this one’s about. Haro Wine Festival takes place every year in the town of Haro in the La Rioja region of northern Spain. It involves wine drinking competitions and contests and a Batalla de Vino (Battle of Wine) where wines are poured at each other from buckets. Aww yeah.

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7. Garma Festival

The Garma Festival is an annual festival organized by Yothu Yindi Foundation held in Gulkula, at north-east of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is the most vibrant celebration of YoIngu Aboriginal people of northeastern Arnhem Land. Members of the tribe paint themselves in bright colours and dance throughout the day.

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8. Cascamorras

Every year the residents of Baza, in Granada, Spain; paint themselves head to toe in black paint and defend their beloved statue of the Virgin Mary from a resident (the Cascamorra) of the neighbouring town of Guadix who is intent on stealing it. Sounds like a lot of very messy fun.

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9. Switzerland Mud Festival

The Paleo is the largest open-air music festival in Switzerland. Students and festival volunteers pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival by playing around with mud as it was done in 1969 in Upstate New York.

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10. Michigan’s Annual Mud Day

Michigan plays host to a festival where mud-slinging is the name of the game. Youngsters and teens take to an artificially created mud field an slop around the messy stuff for hours. Just for the fun of getting dirty.

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11. Chinchilla Watermelon Festival

The Festival features extremely interactive and unique events, such as melon skiing, melon bungee, melon bullseye, melon ironman, melon chariot, a pip spitting competition, and melon eating races. It one of fun festivals of Australia.

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Article By Shruti Botadra

A traveler and a writer. Perhaps travel for her is her journey to finding self, being with the world and understanding nature. For she will burst open the oyster of world with her adventure.