Namaste from Go Hub!
India recently paid homage to an event exclusive to the nation: the Festival of Colors event to commemorate Holi.
Holi is one of the biggest festivals in India, Holi is the festival of colors, complemented by a day of fun, frolic and colorful magic!
The Pokémon Go community is no stranger to Holi. Back in 2019, popular Pokémon Go YouTubers like PkmnMasterHolly, Trainer Tips, ZoëTwoDots and Prodigies Nation had visited India as a part of the Equinox Event and took time to enjoy the festival of colors! You can check out the video here.
Fast forward to 2021, Niantic finally held an event exclusive to the Indian Subcontinent and in the wake of a major and much-loved festival.
As an Indian living in India, I reckoned that it would be befitting to give my takeaway from this relaxing and what it holds for the future of India and Pokémon Go!
So what’s Holi all about?
Holi is indeed the festival of colors wherein people celebrate by playing with colored powders mixed with water or per se, gorging on sweets and local beverages and just letting yourself loose!
The origin of this festival is a celebration that is a tribute to the love between Radha and the Hindu deity Krishna. The festivities usher in spring and positivity, with it also being a festival of love.
So it’s easy to see why we Indians look forward to this wonderful festival each year. 🙂
The spawns were honestly quite good with all featured Pokémon having the possibility of being shiny (except Slugma).
The Kanto starter trio, Jigglypuff, Marill, Alolan Grimer, Drifloon etc were all the highlights of the spawns and their evolutions all have meta potential in the PvP format.
Spawns of Murkrow were exclusive to Incense and presented a good opportunity for trainers in India to get their hands on this relatively rare shiny.
Event Exclusive Special Research
The Special Research for this event gave loads of pokéballs, evolution stones, a Premium Raid Pass and 30 mega energy for Charizard, Venusaur, Blastoise, Pidgeot, Gengar, Ampharos and Beedrill.
It also led to an encounter with Alolan Muk, whose iridescent body is reminiscent of the festival of colors!
There were 3 event boxes, two free and one for 100 pokécoins. 3 free incense, loads of pokéballs, pinap berries and a lucky egg were undoubtedly an attractive draw!
And finally, free clothing (don’t we all love that?!)
Available for trainers throughout the world for free, the event featured two gorgeous t-shirts!
Special props for the black tee with a splash of colours… legitimately one of the coolest clothing to be featured in the game ever!
The fashionista in me honestly feels that the clothing was one of the best out of the event and I’m really glad that everyone from all around the world has access to this clothing!
India has always been infamous for having a huge consumer base for anything and everything. We are a passionate crop of individuals who really take our gaming seriously!
India is also infamous for its numerous festivals and if we can have an event for Holi, the festival of colors, then we can also have one for Diwali, the festival of lights! Chinchou, Litwick, Mareep, Charmander, Blitzle etc… there can be some fun spawns. I’m literally fantasizing about the kind of cool clothing that we can get!
Here’s to many more such events for India! And who knows? There can be a Go Fest held in India sometime in the future!
While Holi may have come and gone, the world today needs a lot of positivity and joy. So here’s Go Hub wishing you a joyous, blessed and colorful year ahead!