Holi in Barcelona is one of the many places where the traditional Indian festival has found expression. Here’s Holi Barcelona’ Facebook page. I went with Mayra of Viajera Peruana to check out some of the festivities. Holi is a Spring festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and it’s probably globally impactful because at some point Indians decided to throw colorful ash on each other instead of the gray stuff.
Holi in Barcelona is as colorful as anything else
You might expect that it’s mostly about getting drunk and listing to music, and that’s the extent of it. When Holi is going on, you see people covered in colors dotting the city. Of course, the further you get from the epicenters of festivities, the more scattered the sightings of affected partyers. When I saw them, it was a feeling of solidarity if nothing else.
At first I was skeptical, because I’ve never been to a Holi festival, much less one in India itself. But after reading up on the tradition, I see that it’s ok that it exists here in Barcelona and anywhere else. It’s just a festival of joy.
The packets of ash cost 2 euros each, or 6 euros for 10.