A bit different Holi Festival
Here in Germany we all gather obediently at some large public square, wait for the countdown, and then initiate the battle of colours. But how do things take place in India? Of course the focus lies on a colorful and passionate celebration there, too. Social differences, gender and age are finally cast aside for a day. That said, different regions in India celebrate Holi in many different ways. We've put together some of the more bizarre traditions for you:
In the city of Rajkot complete strangers insult each other openly in the street. This custom dates back to a group of quarreling friends who decided to spend one day unleashing all their cooped up anger, thereby ending their feud.
Meanwhile the Dalvana community pursues a more peaceful approach. Here, a wedding is re-enacted in which two groups -comprising the bride and the groom- carry out a singing competition. Unfortunately, the groom is always rejected by the bride at the end.
In Visnagar, on the other hand, things are a little rougher. Shoes were once collected throughout the year, in order to be hurled at one another on the day of the celebration. Belief had it that those who were hit by a shoe would encounter great fortune. These days the shoes are exchanged for vegetables.
Be thankful we only throw colours at each other :).