The feast of disobedience: hooligan traditions of different countries
There is light at holidays and festivals during which you can forget all decency and give free rein to his inner child. We chose three of reason with impunity to pour each other with water, blow dry with paint and throw eggs.
Egg-and-flour fight, Spain
Every year on December 28 in the town of IBI (Alicante province) is “an armed coup”. Men IBI are divided into two parts, dress up in old uniforms and play an unusual confrontation. Representatives of the rebel groups, the Els Enfarinats take power into their own hands and establish new laws and regulations, to select key officials and even impose taxes, levying fines all dissenters (after the money collected go to charity). In turn, the representatives of the group La Oposicio trying to retake the city that the scenario they are able to make only five o’clock in the evening. The decisive battle using only flour, eggs, firecrackers and fire extinguishers is held in the Central square of IBI, and ends with the feast of the universal dance. Those who are afraid to get dirty, this day can just make fun of family and friends – as we do on 1 April.
Thai New year – Songkran – falls on the night of 12 to 13 April, but celebrated a few days later. April in Thailand, as throughout Southeast Asia, the time is excruciatingly hot and humid pre-monsoon season. Therefore, drench each other with water from hoses, buckets, cups and any waste containers – kind of a blessing. Moreover, because the roots of Buddhist holiday – older people instead of participating in this aquatic Orgy visit temples, make offerings to the monks, and ritually wash the hands of the Buddha statues. But all others – both locals and tourists, adults and children – see Songkran as a chance to have fun on glory. The largest water fights in Bangkok. People in the know in advance to dress in swimwear and clothing that is not afraid of water, leave documents, money and valuables at home, and phones and cameras are hidden in a waterproof film.
Holi, Phagwah, Bhojpuri – all these names, probably the world’s most famous Indian holiday, the Festival of colors. Its name refers to the name of the demoness Holika, who wanted to get used to the light of his nephew Prahlada for his worship of Vishnu. She persuaded the young man to ascend with her to the fire, but in the end, Holika was burnt herself, and the guy who saved the sacred multi-colored scarf. Now the powder (it is made from colored corn flour), which is a fun sprinkle each other with Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and joined them tourists, represents the color of the scarf, and the effigy of Holika, just as the effigy of Maslenitsa, burned at the stake together with unnecessary trash. Through the fire and the coals are often chased and cattle that the animals are also free from the contamination. Holi is held across the country in the spring, the full moon – next, 2020 it will be held on March 9-10.