Last week we received an invite from our friend Nikhil to join him and the rest of the Indian community in celebrating Holi down in Busan at Haeundae Beach. Why not?! How often do you get to throw paint at random people? So the two Kiwis packed their bags with their oldest clothes and headed off on the weekend to join an Indian celebration on the beach in South Korea.
When we got to the beach it was sunny but had a there was a pretty cold breeze cutting through air. Blue skies though and WE WERE AT THE BEACH…spending most of our lives here living in a village beside the largest industrial complex in Korea makes these types of occasions pretty special.
Arriving at Haeundae we couldn’t identify quite where we were supposed to be. In the distance we glimpsed what we though might be a crowd so we headed off in that direction…passing on the way one of the coolest sand sculptures we’ve seen!
As we continued on down the beach, the sound of Bollywood started to emanate from up ahead. We knew we were on the right track!
Not much needs to be said really – Holi is a festival of colour which celebrates the end of winter and the incoming spring. People splatter each other with coloured, perfumed powder and it ends up very messy.
Holi is a celebration for young and old….
The copious amounts of soju being passed around solidified the messiness.
Some even got a little holi-ed out!
We found Nikhil and started to get our Holi on….
The Korean people strolling down the street thought that this predominantly ex-pat crowd were a bunch of crazies. But Dan convinced a couple of them to get amongst it.
Some of the Koreans we painted got right into the party. A group of skux teenage boys were loving the paint… as long as they didn’t get it on their clothes.
All in all a day of colourful fun and a great excuse to visit the beach.