Holi Hai is a traditional Indian celebration of spring and Seoul Hiking Group went down to Busan to join this outstanding festival! 2015 was the 3rd year Holi Hai came to Busan, South Korea’s most popular beach city. The day began at 9am with participants arriving on Haundae Beach wearing white.
The the organizers handed out special colored “paint” that we hope is environmentally friendly. We quickly discovered how powdery it was as a few excited individuals opened their pouches early when one of the volunteers informed us we should wait until about 11:30. They would make an announcement with a huge countdown to get everything started.
To pass the time most of Seoul Hiking Group hung out on the beach with a few drinks. We were given some delicious samosas and everyone enjoyed the sunshine eager to start throwing paint!
Before we knew it the time was upon us. A huge crowd of 1500 people gathered by the DJ while they thanked everyone for coming and started the countdown.
What came next was unadulterated bliss! Everyone was dancing and painting each other as the rainbow of dust covered us all.
If I’m still in Korea next spring I’m definitely coming back. This is a festival that everyone should see, add a local celebration to your bucket list as I add celebrating Holi Hai’s mother country: India!
Enjoy the rest of the photos from this joyous event. Have you ever been to a Holi Hai festival? Tell me more about it below!