Holi is India’s spring festival of colour and love. Although the festival is founded in ancient Hindu religion, people from many non-Hindu backgrounds participate in this vibrant occasion. On the night before, people gather for the Holika bonfire where dancing and singing are the main activities. Then, as the next day begins, thousands of people take to the streets with coloured powder. It’s a massive free for all where anyone and everyone is fair game. People chase and play with their brightly coloured powder until no one is left un-coloured. Every face and building is splashed with colour. Even the sky becomes a multi-coloured spectacle. In the evening, people visit their loved ones (and shower!).
[ When ]March, annually
[ City ]All over the country
[ Good For ]People who don’t mind getting dirty
[ Weather ]Dry and hot weather
[ Crowd ]Countless
[ Cost ]$
[ Sex Work ]
Legal, but pimping and soliciting are not
[ Sexy Score ]
There are relatively cheap flights leaving the main cities in Australia and this is the fastest, best way to get to India. There are plenty of taxis, buses and trains available in India, just be mindful that the public transport system might be a little different to back home.
There are plenty of hotels, motels and hostels to choose from and it’s easy to find something in India to suit your budget and style. It’s always a good idea to book as soon as you can.
Sexy score This is a family friendly festival where nudity and such things are penalised. Back at your hotel however, perhaps you find a friend to help wash the powder off?
Holi is pretty self-explanatory - old clothes, goggles, and little parcels of coloured powder;
- Play safe. The aim of the game is to have fun. People being overly boisterous or rude wont be well received by others
- Buy your colour powder from a reputed shop or vendor. It’s recommended to buy red or pink as they look good, come off easier and tend to have less harmful chemicals in them.
- Apply a thick coating of paint onto your nails if you want to protect them
- Putting oil through your hair means the colour can be washed off easily later. Some people even cover their hair with a hat.
- Wear old clothes because they will get destroyed
Many people slip and break bones during this festival. To avoid this kind of injury, avoid running or jumping on wet floors. Eyes are extremely sensitive to the powder used at Holi. Using sunglasses or goggles are a good way to reduce the risk of eye damage. There is also a risk of unwanted teeth stains and some people wear mouth guards to reduce the chance of staining.
Hooligans will be present at Holi. They go to the next extreme by throwing not only powder but rotten eggs, tar, faeces, stones and rubbish. Keep an eye out and trust your instincts.
There are no Holi specific first aid stations and so you will need to access local medical help. The main hospitals and medical centres usually have additional staff during the festival.
Emergency phone for police, fire and medical aid: 100 or 108
Sexual Health clinics:
221/222 Lloyds Road, Gopalapuram, Chennai 86. Cnr Conran Smith Road W: www.centrepointclinic.com. Days & Timings: Wednesday and Friday - 6:00 - 8:30pm. By appointment only - contact 95435 86999 or 044-24728875
KM Speciality Hospital
No.453/454, R.K Shanmugam Salai KK Nagar, Chennai - 78 W: www.bloomchennai.com Thursday - 1:30pm - 4:30pm. By appointment and walk-in
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Sex on holiday happens. Whether planned or not, away from home we lose at least some of inhibitions and may take more risks than we would at home. This is ok, it’s what makes travelling so exciting – and just accepting it before we go is the first step to planning.
To help you get home with no more than a bruised bank account and awesome memories, here are some useful tips: