For example, people should be in costumes while attending Rio Carnival festival
, which Abhi came to know during his preparation. So, he attended the festival wearing a costume, just like the locals! Also, learning about the festivals helps to understand the story behind it. In 2010, Abhi visited Bacolod city in the Philippines, to celebrate the Masskara festival
that happens in Bacolod city every October. People celebrate the festival by wearing smiling masks on the face. The studies about the festival helped Abhi to know that it is celebrated like that in the memory of a tragedy that took the life of almost 700 people.
Abhi feels that his love for festivals started by celebrating the local festivals like Onam and Nehru Trophy Vallamkali as a child. Onam, the annual celebration of Kerala, is a colorful festival which is celebrated for the memory of an Asura king, Mahabali. Apart from that, he has celebrated Krishna Janmashtami, Kumbh Mela and Shillong Cherry Blossom festivals in India. He is currently solo-riding
his motorbike through Northeast India exploring the culture through the local
festivals. When Woovly caught up with him, he was in Imphal for the 10-day long
Sangai festival, and gearing to ride to Kohima, for the hornbill festival,
another bucketlist item on his list.