Holi, the festival of colours that brings people together

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Do you like to party in unusual ways? Holi festival in Barcelona could be right up your street!

How much?



for a great atmosphere
for its quirky side

Holi festival reminds us again that if Barcelona is missing anything it isn’t great original initiatives!

Origins and meaning of Holi

Holi is an institution in India and has been celebrated for a very long time. Full of spiritual significance it marks the beginning of Spring and represents victory of good over bad.

Traditionally Holi is celebrated with great good humour in a gigantic battle of colours. According to Hindu beliefs, green represents harmony, orange optimism, blue vitality and red is joy and love.

These colours are thrown in every direction and cover all of the participants in the celebration. It is therefore a very egalitarian celebration, as social barriers disappear and tolerance triumphs.

Holi, a friendly quirky festival just a few kilometres from Barcelona

Holi arrival
Here Holi may lose its spiritual nature but it retains the spirit of liberty and fun. Hindu dances and good humour are key to Holi in Barcelona.

  • The atmosphere is also very familial as all age groups are welcome!
  • The idea is to create a spectacular cloud of colours, and instructions are called out on a megaphone. So don’t forget your camera!
  • Organisers also recommend that you dress in white. It’s traditional in India and it also makes the colours more striking!


Useful information

Date and times

  • Holi this year is happening on Sunday April 24th from 11am to 5:30pm at Hospitalet de Llobregat, a town just beside Barcelona.
  • You can find more information on the website of this version of the festival: some versions of the festival are not free and not open to minors.


  • Entry is free!

Sachets of coloured powder

  • The sachets of powder will be available to buy from various points at the festival. The sachets cost €2 but you can also get a pack of 6 for €10.

How to get to Hospitalet de Llobregat?

Just take the metro (L1) and get off at “Rambla Just Oliveras”. The park is very nearby.

Final piece of advice

  • Do not plan to return by taxi. You will be covered in colours and drivers won’t take you.

Enjoy the festival!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?