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HOLI ONE Ticket Give Away

So, I have never done this before and to make up for the lack of blogging for the past 3 months, I am having a little give away.

That’s right, a give away! I love the idea of this festival and after having been asked very nicely to step up, after purchasing a few extra tickets to the We Are One (previously known as Holi One) Festival of Colour a while ago, I jumped at the opportunity to bring about a little more attention to this once in a lifetime opportunity.


So, what is it?

Well, I’m sure you and your grandmother’s friend have already seen the pictures from around the world or locally – Cape Town – of faces who appear as though a unicorn has vommed all over them. Not the greatest of visual images, but… wait, no, it is. I would love to see a unicorn throw up! I bet they’d throw up tiny drag-queens and talking butterflies. Moving on.

Holi is a spring festival celebrated by Hindus as a festival of colours. It is primarily observed in India and Nepal but also in Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is also known as Phagwah and Festival of Colours.

The festival has many purposes; first and foremost, it celebrates the beginning of the new season, spring. Originally, it was a festival that commemorated good harvests and the fertile land. Hindus believe it is a time of enjoying spring’s abundant colours and saying farewell to winter. Although it is the least religious holiday, it is probably one of the most exhilarating ones in existence. During this event, participants hold a bonfire, throw coloured powder at each other, and celebrate wildly.

Holi lowers (but does not remove completely) the strictness of social norms.  Together, everyone enjoys each other’s presence on this joyous day.  No one expects polite behaviour; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement, fun and joy.

So, it’s not all about rave music and powder – sort of.

What’s up for grabs?

4 tickets (Powder included) to the WE ARE ONE Festival in Johannesburg on the 6th of Arpil 2013!

Yes, I know… I know. Thank me later, yeah?


Because it’s…


…and I thought, what the hell! Let’s give some of mine away…

How do you WIN?

Well, let’s get personal. To me, the festival is about cleansing, of “the-giving-up-of”, a transition, much like the celebration of a new season as it’s traditionally about. So, for you to grab the set of 4 tickets for you and 3 of your colourful friends; I want you to tell me something that you would be giving up on or moving on from in your life, as it may. Make it fun, creative, personal, awesome, gross – literally whatever you want – I will choose the one I think is most deserving and voila – you’re a winner!

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only entries via blog post comment will be accepted as legitimate entries.
  2. Winner will be select by the blog owner himself based on personal choice.
  3. Winner will be contacted as a reply to their specific comment or entry in the comment section, below.
  4. Competition is valid from 27/03/13 and will close at midday on 03/04/13 (One week).
  5. No submissions will be accepted after such time.
  6. Winner will then be contact by the blogger personally to arrange prize handover at an agreed upon time and place.
  7. Winner will be prompted to leave their Twitter handle or Personal Facebook URL to which the blogger will then make direct contact through.
  8. All entrants must be at least 18 years old or over.
  9. No transportation to or from the event will be provided.
  10. More information about the event can be found HERE.

25 comments on “HOLI ONE Ticket Give Away

  1. Dave
    April 3, 2013

    — Competition Closed —

    Thank you all for sharing your stories with me! Good luck!

    Winner to be announced at the close of business today and contacted thereafter!

    The winner selected will also have their post commented on by myself.


  2. laurens2cents
    April 3, 2013

    Regret, its the worst thing in the world. Have lived with it for so long and was finding it hard to but my skelitons in he closit where they belong.

    Having been so blessed by having my son, my lil one aka, he has showen me the fun side of life, enjoying it for now, forget about the sad times and live for a laugh a min kind a life, joy…..embrace it and keep it near and dear to your heart.

    It doesn’t just harm me if I don’t live life like this but others around me. So I have decided to be the change that won’t just change my life but be the change for others if u will! The generation changer, the motivator for women to get up and Fun in life! Show them it can be done. In turn it will have a chain reaction for others and ergo, we find our selves with a changed nation.

    If I show others how a change like this can impart a change on others, it will imnsmpire others to donew s the same. So let’s be the new Mr Mandela’s of the this new South Africa we live in and not just hear history but be a history maker.

    Celebration is needed on this I think.

    Thanks for listening.

    Here is to the best to win.


    • Dave
      April 3, 2013

      Apologies Lauren, but your comment was posted after the 12:00 deadline and cannot be accepted as a legitimate entry!

      Apologies about that!

      Have a great day.

  3. Tebogo Mokgabudi
    April 3, 2013

    Hi Dave

    I have given up Alcohol. It has actually been the hardest decision in my life because I am in the events industry, and every Friday and Saturday evening is filled with people lining up at the bar offering to buy you a shot. After a while it all accumulates. I may not be the life of the party anymore, but I know that I have added at least 3-4 years to my life.

    Also the fear of the Metro has forever been removed from my psyche. The blue light brigade doesn’t make me shake in my boots every time I drive home from a party. It’s something small, but after a month of no booze, you actually start to enjoy the parties for what they are; an opportunity to mingle with new people. Only this time there are no regrets the day after…

  4. Graham Brett
    April 3, 2013

    Letting go of horrible energy from a previous relationship. Need to clear my head and start fresh. .. and besides its the coolest party of the year… I need these tickets dave…

  5. David Greenway
    April 3, 2013

    I got an offer for a job that will finally take my passion for gadgets, technology and writing and put them towards the singularly awesome goal of fulfilling many of my bucket list missions.

    I’m excited again and I’m throwing away self doubt and insecurity as I go forward into this new awesome adventure 🙂

  6. Mirel Tatomir
    April 2, 2013

    I’m looking forward to letting go of the black and white binds of conventional life, because things are better and more fun in colour

  7. Carmen Hayley Kennedy
    April 2, 2013


    This is such a grand idea & I am down right keen to win: this is my motivation for the tickets.

    1. I’m over in Jhb for one outrageously insanely convenient Holi One Weekend from Stellenbosch where I study. (of course before I realised the coincidence tickets where gone gone just like Holi One Cape Town.)

    2. I’d enjoy these tickets because of my recent transitions and ‘new season’ of happiness in my life; which while I mention it I owe for the most part to the people in my life. I know you want to hear all about the experiences that led to this new beginning: in short, it includes a 1 and half year relationship break-up, starting varsity at a new campus away from home and living in a house with 7 new strangers amongst other things that I am past dwelling on because it’s all about the current colour and electricity in my everyday right!

    3. As much as these tickets will be for me and the celebration of my new page of life; I owe it to the people that pushed me through. These tickets are for the other 3 absolute exuberant winners that pulled me through the suffocating grey of my early 2013. For them. Do you not owe soo much to the people that stood firm and consistent beside you?

    I would REVEL in sharing these tickets with (1.) a darn outstanding similarly freckly friend by the name of Leighann Norton from Tuks; (in my fb pp) who I only get to see during these short visits back to Jhb AND extraordinarily she celebrates her birthday on none other than April 6th- HOLY ONE day! I kid you not- check it out: http://www.facebook.com/leighann.norton.35?ref=ts&fref=ts

    I want to make this happen for her!

    (2.) My brother bear, Sean Kennedy, I owe this home dawg my energy and endurance for it this that he re-established in me through numerous late night Skype calls, BBM jokes and PING!’s. We Are One!

    (3.) Calley Jansen, my foreign immigrant soul sister! Her and I both conquered the lovely land of South Africa from day 1 grade 8 as outsiders at first, from Bots and Zim respectively, to find the ultimate beauty & future in exquisite South Africa.

    Point 4. as a fourth motivation for the 4 tickets.

    It is a quote, cheesy as that may be, I think it is profound 😀 It is from the movie The Bucket List as seen with my cousin the night before my 2 Oceans half marathon on Sat!

    “You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief. When their souls got to the gates of heaven, the guards asked two questions.Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. They were ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’”

    With that I said I hope I shine brightest for the ticks and I’d insanely enjoy unicorn vom faces amongst my closest friends and bro bear!

    Apologies for the essay! & thanks for the oppurtunity Dave 🙂


    • Dave
      April 3, 2013

      Carmen… you won’t believe this, but you have just become my FIRST EVER blog competition winner!

      Congratulations, luv!

      Thank you so much for sharing your epic post with me! I was enthralled, entertained and can truly resonate with the personal response you gave as an entry!

      I have followed you on Twitter and added you as a friend on Facebook! Let’s connect so that we can organise a time and place to hand over your prize!


  8. kez
    April 2, 2013

    I gave up the love of my love because he was hurting me every day I was with him. As much as I love him I finally came to my senses and realized I deserve better. I don’t deserve to be hurt. I, like everybody else deserve to be happy… Deserve to live a colourful life instead of one tainted with only black and blue… It took way to long to learn this lesson but one I’m happy to have learnt! Xxx

  9. Jaclyn Hartman
    April 2, 2013

    This year I decided on giving up saying “what if” and instead I take that chance.

    I live my life with less doubt and I completely embrace life every day! I am free from the burden of doubt and am able to live a life in the present and make every second count!

    What if i didn’t enter this competition, I would prefer to say “I took a chance”.


  10. Nerusha
    April 2, 2013

    I am giving up thinking about what I am going to do to have a happier life
    and taking steps to actually do it. Its no use hanging to to something or someone that fills your life and home with misery when you know you deserve better

  11. Lize Du Plessis
    April 2, 2013

    Mah Daveness, I am at that wonderful, cleansing point in my life where I’m going to stop needing lovers who aren’t friends and start loving myself UNCONDITIONALLY. It is a life-preserving decision I’m making to guarantee less heartbreak and more FUN, more LOVE and more RESPECT.

    This represents the beginning of a new season for me. MY spring. I’m giving up instant gratification and pursuing a quality, meaningful, spiritual journey so that I can lie down on my death bed and say, “I led an interesting, enchanting, significant life that made a difference to others and that will leave a legacy of joy and lightness.”

    Let’s friggin’ celebrate! Whaaaaaaaaaa!


  12. Donald Nezungai
    April 2, 2013

    I’d like to give up masturbation, because my right arm is OBSCENELY getting bigger than my left and I’m running out of excuses

  13. Liesldb
    April 2, 2013

    Most certainly experiencing a bucket load if leaving behind.
    All within a space of the last couple of months, i’ve ended a long term relationship, changed jobs and moved into my own place (alone for the first time in any years) – leave behind the old and embrace the new!

    So what I would love to do with this festival, is gather the friends that have stuck by me and made me stronger, loaned me their strength during this huge time of change, and celebrate the moments of multiple colours and layers to arrive.
    Celebrate with happiness and fantasy.

    And just mark it as an epic party with my favs

  14. laurenjprior
    April 1, 2013

    Here’s to giving up people who make your life crapper rather than better. Nobody needs people like that! 🙂

  15. Akona
    April 1, 2013

    Hey. Interestingly enough,I had read about the festival a little while ago and my first thought was, gosh my hair would be such a mess afterward. And braids are not at all easy to get clean. A few weeks later, on a whim I shaved my hair off. Head shiny and bald. In 2010 after years of keeping my hair short, I made a promise not to cut my hair in hopes of landing a job I really wanted. I got the job and have been with the agency ever since. One early morning in March, while getting ready, combing out my afro I suddenly reached for a pair of scissors, felled my locks and proceeded to final bald with a pair of clippers. It was cleansing and liberating. The promise I made while getting rid of my crowning glory was to let go of past hurts and to believe in the beauty of the world again. I have been on a path of happiness ever since and every morning I rise and look at myself in the mirror and the reflection looking back at me reminds to strive for happiness in any every moment and do and say everything with love and passion. For happiness lives in moments. Happiness is a choice. Happy is living, breathing, creating and being the beauty world needs and has to offer.

    In closing, I would love to join you and other happy seekers at the festival of colour to celebrate rebirth, as we all die a little and live a lot more with every day of life and its trials and triumphs. (Plus I’ve let go of the burden that had made me not want to go)

    P.s. pick meeeee! !!

  16. Erena
    March 29, 2013

    Hiiiiii – short and sweet: I’m giving up everybody else’s opinions of what’s right and what’s expected! and I’m starting to listen to the little voice inside me that knows whats best… he’s always right! And we should all be true to ourselves… always true!

  17. Tarryn
    March 28, 2013

    Yay! A new blog to read 🙂 It has been awhile…

    To be honest, I can’t tell if I’m giving something up or actually moving on…its a possibilty of both.
    When do you know its time to make yourself happy?

    I’ve always been that girl that drops everything for everyone else, whether it make me happy or not. I’m always putting others before me no matter the situation which is not something I have minded in the past because its who I am…Making friends happy makes me “happy”.

    Over the last 2 months, I have finally started doing things for me…I have had 3 friends lecture me about it, telling me to do something for me for a change…long story short, it seems that I am now stepping on toes in doing this as people are so used to me doing everything for them and now I’m not…is that me being selfish? I don’t think so but to someone else, perhaps. Am I giving up friendships in order for me to be happy? It seems that way, but was it really a friendship, when the other person only acknowledges their happiness…Am I moving on? Yes, for me…but there is so much space for everyone in my life to move with me…

    Wow! This has been on my mind for so long, and writing it down feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders…I think I should start writing now 🙂 Its all a bit higgledy piggledy, but typed it all up in a meeting (oops)

  18. namritha25
    March 28, 2013

    Thanks for this opportunity! Its time for me to stop wanting for myself and start doing more for others.
    Its heart warming to uplift others spirit by doing more, being More and giving More.
    I’m inspired by Robin Sharma and Now is my turn to be an inspiration to others.
    This Festival of colour signifies letting go of the old, past habits and enjoying the free spirit of love and unity with one and all.
    After all SA needs many more of these events uniting people and bring us together as One!

    Great love!

    Michelle Sivsanker

  19. Roxanne
    March 27, 2013

    Dave! 🙂 What an awesome competition!

    I can at times be somewhat a person of “wanting”, which i personally believe is not a strong characteristic to have as a person in our day and age. I am giving up “wanting” and moving on to accepting and being joyously grateful for all that life has to offer from here on out! 🙂 We are surrounded by material things and material people, and the pressure to succeed financially in today’s world, and I find myself getting caught up in this, quite frankly it’s exhausting, and you end up missing out on what life is all about! Hence my decision to give that up! I am excited for this change I have taken on, and am going to enjoy living life and witnessing moments through my new outlook! With or without those tickets (no guilt tripping here, honestly) I am glad I got the chance to put this to “paper” and cement my new goal! Exciting times ahead my friend 🙂

    @RoxWithLove / http://facebook.com/roxy.otto.7

  20. Darren Smith (@DazMSmith)
    March 27, 2013

    Hi David. Great giveaway. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to join you at the We Are One Festival next week-end. After I saw the images from the Cape Town event, I knew that this was going to be something special. As you say, the festival is about cleansing, of “the-giving-up-of”, a transition. And you’d like us to tell you something that we’d would be giving up on or moving on from in our lives, whatever it may be.
    So, it’s story time then.
    Once upon a time I was a student. Doing student things, in a student world.
    Then I got meningococal meningitis, *gave up* my hearing, spent some time comatose, swanned around ICU for a while, and eventually returned to University, where I *gave up* lectures. The strange thing about this, was that I started to listen for the first time, and I started to learn.
    After graduating with a Masters in Satellite Engineering, I discovered no-one gave a continental about satellite engineering, so I *gave that up*, and started my career in technical sales & marketing. Thought I’d just thrown away 7 years of study, but then discovered that it wasn’t engineering that made the world go around, it was sales & marketing. You could solve all the world’s problems, and develop the greatest widget in the world, but if the world didn’t know about it … well then. You get the picture.
    After some years in the game (which I love), I arrived at the point none of us envisage … I was retrenched … and overnight I became an entrepreneur. I had a single sentiment, which lives with me to this day. If I was going to ‘fail’ I’d damn well fail on my terms, and not some-one else’s. That day I *gave up* my naivety.
    And with a delicious sense of irony, naively started a publication, in a market in which I knew little (but enough), with no experience in publishing, and with established competitors. Check enough boxes, and in hindsight, you’d think … “that was a dumb decision Smith!”
    But … and this is where it gets fun … the TIMING was perfect. And from there the publication grew, until it became part of a media company employing 30 people, with offices in Durban & Johannesburg.
    15 years down the line, and with impeccable timing, I found myself in the heart of an economic crisis (2008), with my partners and friends of 15 years no longer reading off the same page. Something had to give, and that was me.
    Calamitous as the situation was, I found I had time … time to give and to share. After all, I had 20 years experience in business. Of course, I had something to share. Little did I know then, but the real lessons, and the real sharing wasn’t through or amongst my peers … it was on the streets.
    I *gave up* my prison.
    I started photowalking. Camera. Feet. CBD. Townships. Squatter camps. Suburbs. I smelt, listened, walked, talked, engaged in ways I had never done before.
    And in doing so I discovered that many South Africans are prisoners of their minds.
    They live in a prison (arm the alarm, check the electric fence, close the gate, and barricades).
    They work in a prison (security guards, palisade fences, access control).
    They shop in prisons (car guards, access booms, security personnel).
    The play in prisons (the prisons of their friends, or restaurants or sporting events).
    I got this sense of people existing in these ‘prisons’, driving from one to the other, not realising that they’d become ‘prisoners of their minds.’
    So, I walked where we supposed to walk. I talked, and listened, and engaged, and laughed, and lamented with the new people I was meeting. I suddenly felt alive. I was learning the most important lessons of all.
    The most generous people I have met, are those who have nothing left to give, but themselves.

  21. Bern Constance
    March 27, 2013

    Wow, where to begin? Giving up, no no!….. Saying goodbye to my days as 20 something year old is going to be tough! Nobody prepares you for this day! You not sure where you are supposed to be at this stage of your life! However we have had a good run, from finding love, to losing love! Trouble with the law, trouble with society, finding love, finding a career, losing love, wanting a new career! To this, i can finally welcome with open arms my “Dirty 30’s” come April 22nd I will have years of experience, as my amunition and an army behind me in the form of friends and family! I can’t think of any other way, than to celebrate the birth of my thirty something years, than having bright colours shower me and the fantastic celebrtion that is the “We Are One” festival! I will and can give up my 20’s for this festival. Just hope that i able to celebrate this festival with all of you!

    Thanking you,


  22. Tamlyn
    March 27, 2013

    Dave, I gave away a friends ticket to someone else by mistake. He HATES me now. HATES me Dave. Please help me get my friend back. I will be your best friend for life if you do.

  23. Underwear because it is restricting and we need to be free!!!! 🙂

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