The Holi One Colour Festival took place on Friday the 1st of May 2015 , which was a public holiday for most of us. This was my first time attending this extravagant festival of neon lights and colour .The colour powder – which was available in various colours – was used to fill the air with vibrant shades of colour. The coolest thing about this particular Holi One colour powder is that it is not harmful to the human body and it easily washes out of clothing.
Upon my arrival at the venue, Huddle Park/LinksField in the east of Johannesburg, I had to stand in a long line for more than 30 minutes. This is when I had an opportunity to observe what the Holi One Neon and Colour festival is really about. I realized that everyone was dressed in white, from white shoes all the way to white caps. So I couldn’t help but ask the lady who was standing right in front of me why everybody was dressed in white, “so that people can go home with a memory” she said.
Once I had made it in I stumbled across hundreds of people with a rainbow coloured cloud above them. I then decided that I was going to be stationed in the heart of the crowd, where people were having the time of their lives. As soon as I gathered my senses, boom! The colour fills the air again and it all comes down… My crisp white shirt now looks like a rainbow.
In the blink of an eye people were covered in colour from head to toe – literally throwing colour at one another – spreading joy, happiness and laughter. Cameras and selfies were capturing most of these moments, which were clearly priceless. Some people came dressed in costumes while some came wearing overalls, so the fashion sense was really interesting as everyone kept consistent to the theme, which was the color white.
DJ Fresh was one of the headline acts that were burning the decks and getting the party jumping. As sunset approached, the Neon Colour flexible cables come out. The Festival quickly turned into a mosh pit of moving light, where all one could see was neon lights that formed the shape of a human being.
All in all it was an awesome experience and I managed to meet so many interesting people that were so welcoming and friendly. I didn’t have a clue what I looked like until I arrived back at home and looked at myself in the mirror. All I could do was smile and mumble the words “Colour Festival” to myself . I am definitely going to the next one and I would strongly suggest that – if you haven’t been to one of the “Holi One Neon and Colour Festivals – you make it a point that you check it out.
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