Ganesh Chaturthi is right around the corner and the season of festivities has officially begun. There’s the smell of marigold flowers in the air and a myriad of colours are greeting everyone everywhere. While the preparations are in full swing, were wondering what makes Indian festivals so special? Is it the culture, the festivities, the gathering of people, the food or the celebration? We have deduced that it is all of the above! Rightfully so, Indian festivals are like sports – a change from the mundane, a little exercise for the body (especially the tummy) and the brain and a whole lot of awesome fun! Let’s look at some ways Indian festivals resemble the Olympic Games Rio 2016
Read on to find out which Indian festival resembles Olympic Games Rio 2016:
Ganesh Chaturthi: Weightlifting
“Ganapathi Bappa Morya!” they chant on the 9th day as they lift the majestic plaster-of-Paris/clay idol of the Lord Ganesha decked with at least 30 garlands and submerge it into a water body nearby. This definitely requires Olympian strength on the part of devotees and they happily suffice.
Where to celebrate: Mumbai
Remember, when we were kids, we used to be so afraid of the lighting bombs and firecrackers, but we would feel powerful equipped with a toy pistol with a red paper string sticking out. Also, who can forget the rockets we launch into the sky look like shooting stars.
As we muse in our hearts, saying “Those were the days,” we can happily wander into the zone where this could be an Olympic sports equivalent. Don’t you think?
Where to celebrate: Varanasi
You can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape being smothered by colours on Holi. The festival itself is actually a wrestling match between two or more parties. Apart from the dancing, the bhang and the colours, you turn into an athlete on Holi day trying to dodge water balloons, eggs and tomatoes. Holi deserves credit as an epic Olympic sport.
Where to celebrate: Mathura & Vrindavan
The 9-day extravaganza called Navratri ends in the uber-epic celebration called Dusshera. Huge paper or clay figures of Ravana and Kumbhkaran are erected and struck with flaming arrows (Courtesy: Lord Rama) marking the destruction of the two mega-demons. As we revel in the spirit of victory, we might as well win the Olympian medal for Archery! What do you think?
Where to celebrate: Kolkata
Sankranthi: Rhythmic Gymnastics
One can see colourful kites dancing in the clear morning skies on Sankranthi. These are controlled by the almost invisible “manjha,” a strong thread that controls the flight of the kite as it sways away competing with the other kites. Don’t you think this resemble a rhythmic gymnast’s ribbon? Also, people dance around a bonfire and a colourful rangoli in the spirit of festivities. Imagine the “dhinchak” music playing in the background. Picture perfect!
Where to celebrate: Ahmedabad
As we climb on top of each other, trying to create a human pyramid and reach the Dahi Handi on Janmasthami is when we realise “Arey yaar! Gymnastics hi ho gaya. Bohot hard tha!” Janmasthami and Gymnastics, don’t they have a nice and a rhyming ring to them?
Where to celebrate: Dwarka
Pretty sure Indian’s will kick-ass if these are the kind of Olympic sports we get to play! On that note, did you know? Treebo is giving away lifetime free vacations for all the Rio 2016 Olympics participants from India.
Here’s some more good news from Treebo for all the sports enthusiasts out there, Treebo is offering a flat 30% off for whoever is travelling for sports training, age and location no bar!
If there is Treebo, why fikar yaar? So pull up your socks, pick up your bats and go! Ganesh Chaturthi is a great day for new beginnings. Happy Celebrations To All of You!