Festivals of Hush, Colour and Water
For the month of March, Frozen Lime Asia covers the region’s diverse festivals in Thailand, Indonesia and India.
Nyepi Festival, indonesia
7 March 2019
Our first stop, is none other than beautiful Bali. On the 7th of March, the island of Bali goes into hush mode with the Nyepi Festival. The “Day of Silence” is a Hindu festival mainly celebrated in Bali where a day of fasting, silence and introspection is observed. It begins at 6am on 7th March until 6am the following day. Nyepi being so much of their culture, Ngurah Rai International Airport is also closed for 24 hours and all flights halted to obverse the auspicious festival. No cooking or fires, no entertainment, no travelling and no work of any kind is allowed. If a shut-in day or total digital detox is what you need, observe the day with the locals and relax in the hotel of your choice. Many tourists do purposely visit Bali at this time of the year, to experience the quietness and disconnect from worldly distractions.
HOLI FESTIVAL, india
20 March 2019
From Indonesia, we wing over to India to celebrate the festival of colours- Holi, which falls on the 20th of March. Holi is a festival to celebrate the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology and to give thanks for bountiful harvests. The symbolic gesture of throwing coloured powder and getting stained means that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, are equal in the spirit of fun and togetherness. It is also a time of forgiveness and repairing broken ties. Traditionally, the multi-hued pigments, called ‘gulal’ were made from natural sources such as flowers, spices and plants. Now, synthetic dyes are more commonly used and easily obtained. One tip to prepare for Holi – moisturise your skin well so that the colours are easy to wash off and dont stain for days. Holi is also celebrated in other countries with large Hindu communities such as Singapore, Malaysia, South Africa and Suriname.
SONGKRAN FESTIVAL, thailand
13 - 15 April 2019
Travelling up North from Singapore to the Land of Smiles, Thailand, we look at the other end of the spectrum with the vibrant Songkran Festival which is the Thai New Year celebration. Starting from April 13th to April 15th, ‘Songkran’ is a Sanskrit word meaning passing or approaching, and it is a revered festival by the Buddhists. It is a time of reunion for families as they return to their hometowns to celebrate with family and friends. While visitors associate Songkran with water fights and merry-making, the Thais see water as a symbolic gesture of washing away bad luck and starting off the new year with good and positive vibes. Now who does not need that! Its a wonderful way to cool down in the heat and start afresh.
That’s all for now! Stay tune as we discover more interesting festivals in the months to come!