August 22, 2013 by leighnewlands
On the 2nd of March this year, Capetonians were treated to the biggest colour festival in the world, the Holi One Festival which occurs every year in India. The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which comes in February end or early March. Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colourful festival bridges the social gap and renews sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’. Nonetheless, it’s all about colour. Holi is an occasion meant to bring on feelings of unadultered mirth and joy, and it’s a time during which mischievous behaviour is not only condoned, but encouraged. Though, these points mark the start and finish of the similarities shared by the traditional celebration and the Cape Town-bound party of note.
The event was held at the Grand Parade, and and started at 12pm (noon) and lasted until 10pm. The best of the city’s local DJs were there playing one to two hour sets where Holi-goers werebombarded by brilliant musical talent (as well as paint). Some of the acts included Goodluck, Niskerone, Mix ‘n Blend, Toby2Shoes and Super Flu. At every hour, a countdown would begin and you would just see the middle of the arena transform into a collective cloud of colourful powder.
And now it’s been confirmed that due to the success of the event this year (sold out with people scrambling for last-minute tickets and complete FOMO after seeing pics from the event), Holi One, renamed to We Are One SA will be arriving at our shores again on 21 March, 2014. I’ve got my tickets, have you got yours?
Check out the official video from this years event. Lx