Spring festival of colours

Spring festival of colours
March 3, 2017 Heartisania

Spring is like a new day. A chance to start from scratch.

Wake up from the winter frost and become somebody else, a new and fresher you.

This may be why in many cultures a joyful meeting of spring is preceded by ceremonies of symbolic disposal of all that is unfavourable, dark and cheerless, attributed to winter and the bygone freeze.

The many examples of «spring worship» share much in common: Family, Woman, and Renewal. Apparently, ancient traditions are so deeply anchored in our DNA that even in the crazy rhythm of megalopolises we unwittingly obey the “voice of ancestors”: once the temperature crosses the +10°C, we roll up our sleeves, take the rubbish out, polish our windows, plant flowers, discard old clothes and go shopping for new.

Hindu people celebrate Holi, or “Festival of Colours”. On this day, Indians decorate the walls of their houses with bright colours and their doors with natural flowers. They sprinkle themselves with multicolour water, dust each other with dry coloured powder and give generous gifts such as new colourful clothes, symbolic of rebirth. In Central Asia, the major spring festival is known as Nowruz, literally “New Day”. Women prepare traditional food symbolising revival, fertility and the richness of nature: sprouted seeds of wheat and boiled eggs. People visit each other, treat their friends and relatives, exchange presents, and rid their homes of clutter and their heart and soul from grievances, anxiety and tensions. According to ancient tradition, Japanese celebrate Shunbun no Hi, the renewal of nature at the vernal equinox, Higan – another ancestral festivity, follows this. They prepare special delights eaten at family gatherings to celebrate their family reunion before heading to a picnic to experience cherry tree blossom, a symbol of the joy of life and birth of nature.

On that note, there are novelties to be bought for this purpose at the click of a button, from the farthest corners of the planet. Whatever your plan for the run up to spring: a cosy evening with a family dinner at home on the terrace, a gift on Mothering Sunday or a seasonal spruce up of your interior – HEARTISANIA delivers all you need in just a snap.

Our unique collection of traditional handmade masterpieces is full of ideas for those seeking to add shades of spring to their interior.  Vases and other utensils, created by women from the Lenca tribe, are moulded out of white clay embellished with pine needles carefully gathered near the Yamaranguila village in the region of Cofradia in Honduras.  Striking black-and-white ceramics feature traditional animal and floral motifs and look incredible in a pared-down ultra-modern space. Incidentally, in the Lenca tribe women craft pottery – a fitting gift on Mothering Sunday perhaps!

Tunisian traditional tableware looks as effective on a family lunch table as it does at a picnic in the shade of Sakura blossom.  Olive wood handiworks are unique in their simplicity and functionality while halfa grass and blown glass with bubbles looks effortlessly stylish.  For more colour, throw a reversible Indian stole known as Kantha – made from intricately assembled scraps of fabric – over your garden bench.  For the lady of the house at a spring party, a silk Bandhali scarf made by craftswomen from Gujarat, India.  In the morning, take your favourite woven Halfa bag, a pair of fouta wraps or a pure cotton Kerkennatis scarf and head to the park, listen to the grass growing and daffodils blooming. This moment is fleeting make the most of it!

NOTE: Unusual combinations of ethnic interior design items are the hottest trend this season. Serve breakfast on a Tunisian tray finished with fragments of ceramic tiles from old gutted houses, drape a fouta stole over a Victorian chair, stroll among Portobello stalls with a “gipsy” bag.  Open your eyes to a myriad of colourful offers….

Festival of colours in handmade uniques

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