The festival of colors is a week away but the festive vibe has already started to get intense. For those who are super excited about the celebrations, there is a lot of color-smearing, water fights and delicious cuisines to look forward to. However, if you haven’t finalized any plans yet and wish to do Holi differently this year, here is a list of parties and events to choose from.
1. Mud Fest 2018
Get closer to nature by going organic. Instead of using harsh chemical colors, try splashing around in clean mud and paint your friends brown! The Mud Fest, locally known as “Dhuleti” in Gujarat, maintains the fervor of Holi with a safer, more natural touch. There will be some amazing foot-tapping music to add to the fun and you can also expect a rain-dance session.
Where: Raghuvir Party Plot, Surat
2. Mirchi Ki Holi Moly
Join people from all over the world for your celebrations this year. Radio Mirchi is organizing this wonderful amalgamation of India’s tradition and culture complete with live fusion music, fun activities and a wholesome platter of food and beverages.
Where: Nehru Park, New Delhi
3. Tomato Festival 2018
How about a natural skin mask just before Holi? Inspired by the Spanish festival La Tomatina, Raipur is hosting an event where you can use tomatoes to paint each other red instead of using the usual color powders. You can also indulge in water sports, rain dance, several interactive activities and then, gorge on unlimited food.
Where: Wonderland Park, Raipur
4. Holi Madness with Ammy Virk
Punjabi music sensation Ammy Virk is performing live on March 2. The second season of Holi Madness, an exclusive event for the festival will also include martini dance and live dhol to add to the excitement.
Where: Ansal Plaza, Delhi
5. Bhatsa Riverside Camping
Who said you can’t marry a festival with camping? If you have been craving the refreshing outdoors for a while, this festive weekend is the best opportunity to book a celebration next to the Bhatsa river in Maharashtra. After you are done dancing and painting each other, you can enjoy watching a variety of birds and enjoy the tranquility of the spot.
Where: Bhatsa River Campground, Thane
6. Holi Moo!
The Holi Moo! Festival is listed as one of the top 12 festivals to travel for by USA Today. Bringing together over 40 artists at one gorgeous venue, the event promises up to six different genres of live music on different stages. Starting at 12 noon, the festival welcomes thousands of visitors to join the colorful celebrations.
Where: Asiad Tower Banquets Complex, New Delhi
7. Gulaal 2018
Use unlimited amounts of dry organic colors for an eco-friendly and a healthier celebration. Gulaal 2018 also includes live music to ensure that you and your friends have the best time.
Where: Pebble: The Jungle Lounge, Bangalore
8. Rang De
Watch 12 artists perform their exclusive Holi performances while you enjoy a pool party and a color riot simultaneously. Pick up the color-filled spray guns and get into the perfect festive mode before attacking the amazing spread of food and drinks.
Where: The Park Hotel, Bangalore
9. Pune Color Fest 2018
Meadows Lawns in Pune is hosting the biggest celebration for the festival of colors. While you mingle with the happy faces around you, there is an exciting line-up of artists who would get your feet thumping in no time.
Where: The Orchid Hotel, Pune
10. Color By the Bay
Join 5 of the most popular DJs in Mumbai for your Holi celebration this year. Color By the Bay is one party that invites people from far and wide to experience the richness of this festival.
Where: Wilson College Gymkhana, Mumbai