Colors , water,mud, grease! Ever wondered the significance of these in some of the most important festivals of the world? Here is a list of 5 such festivals :
1. Boryeong Mud
This festival is celebrated in the second weekend of July in the seafront area of Daecheon. Mud from the Daecheon beach area is collected and used for various purposes like mud skiing, body painting and sliding . An important significance of this festival is to learn about the important medicinal qualities of this mud. This mud is rich in minerals and used for making cosmetics. The festival goes on for two weeks.
This is festival is celebrated in Cambodia, Laos and Burma around the thirteenth of April. It marks the beginning of Thai new year. It is characterised by people indulging in various activities like throwing ice cold water over each other using water guns, pistols and buckets. Ceremonies and concerts can extend over a week. People bring small bags of sands to temples on bare feet, returning the dust carried away in the past year.
Tomatina is the official food fight festival of Spain , held on the last Wednesday of August. Popular in the Valencian city of Bunol, it is believed that disgruntled city people attacked councilmen with tomatoes during town celebrations. This tradition has been carried forward and is celebrated on a very large scale.
Fiesta de Cascamorras is celebrated in the towns of Guadix and Baza (in Granada, Spain) on September 6 every year. It is believed that the people of Guadix and Baza were fighting for the possession of a statue of Virgin de La Piedad (Lady of Mercy) . While a worker from Guadix found it,thr Baxans snatched it. Since then, the fight is remarked with the use of black motor oil, paints, eggs and grease.
Holi is of the most important festivals of India, celebrated to mark the victory of devotion over evil. Hiranyakashyap asked his sister Holika ( who had a boon of staying unaffected by fire) to enter blazing fire with his son Prahlad, who had become a worshipper of Lord Vishnu against his wish. While Prahlad survived, Holika died. This is celebrated every year by using gulal, abeer and pichkaris. It is generally celebrated on a full moon day in the month of March.