On Sunday 14th El Carmel, in Horta-Guinardó district, welcomes the 3rd Holi festival in Barcelona.

Holi, known as the festival of colours, announces the arrival of spring in India. This colourful party begins the night before, when Indians make up a bonfire of dried leaves and branches left through winter.

On one hand, the fire symbolises the destruction of powers of darkness. On the other hand, the heat of the fire works as a reminder. It brings to mind that winter has come to an end and that a warmer season is about to burst into blossom.

Children, teenagers and adults throw colors at each other. The color, the music, the dance and amusement that goes with this ritual gives a sense of brotherhood and merriment. It is being celebrated in a lot of countries. It brings boundless fun and its party spirit is widespread.

This 3rd edition will witness the most pagan celebration of the Indian calendar. There will be groups playing and dancing on the stage in the traditional Bollywood style. Apart from music, there will be food to sample. The neighbourhood will also offer workshops, mainly for children.
The organisers suggest wearing white comfortable clothes. White and light colours allow the brightness of the Holi show properly on you. Actually, it not just a tradition in India but a rule to follow to celebrate the Holi.
The colours are all natural from India and they won’t cause you any skin problems. However, if you want, you can put some cream on your body before and after to protect your skin and even some oil or a shawl on your head for the same reason. Don’t worry if your face is smeared with coloured powder and if your white clothes have turned into dark garments. They wash off fast.

Ready for the battle of colours?

Eva Verges
Hello, there! I’m Eva. I’m 33 years old and happy to live in Barcelona, where I was born. Enthusiastic, dynamic, open-minded, friendly and patient. I have always had itchy feet and enjoyed travelling and exploring new places. Eager to learn more and more every day and embark on new adventures for treasure hunts. A Barcelona lover who becomes homesick when is far from her charming city for a long period of time. I like mingling with the melting pot, getting lost in the narrowest medieval streets of the Gothic quarter and smelling the aroma of countless enticing cafés. Its eclectic non-stop style doesn’t let you stay at home. An excellent hostess and tour guide.

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