Yup, time for another festival… March 5th was the date for Holi in Kathmandu; Holi “is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love” and a festival of colours indeed it is! Here’s my guide to recreating a fabulous first time experience like mine;
#1 Be prepared (braced & ready), your entire body will become a work of art;
#2 Your particular hue of colour will vary throughout the day (note the red face was minutes into the bus ride from my house, some local lads decided I needed to be initiated into Nepali culture, right there and then in the bus…);
#3 Make sure you have excellent partners in crime (preferably seasoned locals);
#4 Don’t be afraid to make friends with complete strangers and take lots of selfies/group shots – that’s what the locals are doing anyway!?
#5 Vanity is still allowed, even through the colour whilst looking akin to a walking zombie extra from the latest blockbuster film;
#6 Mix in a group of friends, as many colours as you can get your hands on – shared liberally, water hoses and just a dash of beer;
#7 And your Holi experience is complete! Enjoy!