Back in April, you might remember I attended Tenerife’s Holi festival. Now Holi festivals and colour festivals happen all over the world these days with no real significance other than to have a good time, get drunk and throw paint on each other. The previous one I attended was more of a local festival which just happened to also include colour powder. It was in a local community, a celebration of their culture and not an official festival. This time around, it was the official Festival of Colours.
I received the ticket as a birthday present last month and the event took place in Guimar towards the North of the island. The atmosphere was a little bit nicer than the previous as it was actually a decent temperature and the fact it was at night rather than during the day enhanced the fiesta experience. The entire festival was on a fuller scale, a massive stage with djs and powder cannons compared to the little dj box in the corner that someone had brought from home. Like previously, we were pretty much the only British there so although this is a festival we could attend anywhere in the world, it still felt quite cultural and Canarian due to the attendees.
On arrival, we were delighted to find out that our ticket included a free bar which we had no idea about. Powder packets cost 1€ and we had great fun chucking them at each other. Once fully covered, we danced the night away in a colourful blur to well known tunes blasting through the speakers.
In some ways, it was very similar to the previous event I attended but in other ways, completely different. However, it was a great evening with friends enjoying a good night out experiencing something a little different to the usual Veronica’s strip we visit for nightlife in Tenerife. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I’ve scrubbing coloured powder off myself in the early hours of the morning.
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