There are dozens of fun and crazy festivals celebrated around the world, from the Running of the Bulls in Spain to Brazil’s Carnival, the Spring Festival for the lunar new year in China, Germany’s Oktoberfest and many more across the planet. It would be great to make it around the world to all of these events in one lifetime, but for those who can’t travel far and wide so freely, many of these celebrations have made it across the seas right to your backyard with smaller, but still fun and exciting versions.
Last weekend, the Scrubba wash bag team had the privilege of experiencing the fun fruit-throwing traditions of Spain's La Tomatina as well as the happy color-bursting celebrations of India's Holi. Two countries in two days!
Melbourne's first ever 'Tomato Battle', held at Flemington Race Course last Saturday, was a massive mosh pit of dancing and rotten tomato-throwing to live music. Fruitfully attended by nearly 5,000 fruit-throwing participants, the Tomato Battle is a local take-off of La Tomatina, Spain's long-standing tradition of chucking end of season squishy tomatoes in a soup of self-saucing, fruit-throwing fanatics. What better way to dispose of bad tomatoes? It's a sure fire way to have fun and get very messy while disposing of inedible waste. Approximately 130 tonnes of tomato ammo were launched in the massive food fight and the Scrubba wash bag team got absolutely sauced!
The following day, after scrubbing up clean, the Scrubba wash bag team attended Melbourne's Color Run, otherwise known as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet'. A modern-day take on the ancient Hindu festival of love known as Holi, the Color Run is a 5-kilometer stretch where rainbow-colored power rains in celebration of health and happiness. The event supports charities through fundraising and brings runners and walkers of all ages and backgrounds together to be showered in color and smiles. Participants wear lots of white at the start and by then end are covered in layers of vibrant colorful power. It isn't a race, as there are no official times recorded, welcoming people of all fitness levels and abilities to get out and get happy while exercising. No winners, no judgement, no stress, just fun!
Last month, Melbourne also brought a touch of Paris’ Nuit Blanche with its White Night festival, a cultural event that features local and international artists and performers from around the world and later this year Melbourne will bring a taste of Germany's Oktoberfest with its annual BeerFest, featuring local brews and food in festival form.
So if you've always wanted to get downright dirty in Korean Boryeong Mud Festival style or get wet in Thailand at the Chang Songkran, but just can't make that overseas trip, try looking locally for a similar event closer to home.