In case you weren’t aware, the Hindu festival Holi is this week. Although it’s a bit hard to miss with all the singing, dancing, and neon colors. Holi represents the arrival of spring and the end of winter, and it’s totally Aru Shah’s favorite holiday. And the celebration is even crazier in the Otherworld. That is, as long as demons don’t crash the party.
Here are four tips straight from Aru on how to make the most of this year’s festival:
Choose Your Squad Wisely
The friends you bring to the festival can make or break the experience. Bear in mind, not everyone gets to pick their crew. Some of us are cosmically bound together because of some ancient reincarnation destiny. Either way, you’ve gotta leave the drama at home. And if a couple of new friends (or Pandavas) tag along, don’t waste your time explaining every little detail to the noobs. They’ll catch on soon enough.
Be Sure to Wear White
I don’t want to hear, “Well, white isn’t really my color.” By the end of the night, your whole body is going to be dyed with rainbow powder amazingness. That’s kind of the entire point. Just embrace it and don’t worry about getting dirty. That stuff does not wash out easily, so you may as well give into it. Last year, I was bright orange for over a week and it was awesome.
Don’t Be Afraid to Cut Loose
Pull out your earbuds and get ready to hear some of the best Hindi music of your life. Or more accurately, get ready to have your eardrums shattered in the best way. If you’re partying in the Otherworld, the gandharva play music on enchanted instruments that literally compel you to dance, even if you’re self-conscious about it. Hey, if Aiden can bust a move, you can, too.
Live in the Moment
Holi can be kind of overwhelming as the night goes on. Just ask Mini. She was almost crushed in a stampede of party-goers last year. But it’s also one of the only times when the entire community comes together to mindlessly celebrate love and being alive. So, forget about the facts that the Sleeper is on the loose and Otherworld might be destroyed in the impending war between devas and demons and this is likely the last Holi we will ever get to experience (IF we get to experience it), and just try to relax.
Can you tell how relaxed I am?
Curious to learn more about how they do Holi in the Otherworld? Be sure to check out Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, on sale April 7th!