- Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cologne, Germany: Love Pillow Fight?

photo: Andrew Bunday

It was April, 2009. A friend had told me to visit the Cathedral (Dom) when in Cologne for its Gothic architecture. It is said that its one of the tallest cathedrals in the world and a heritage sites. The square in front of the Cathedral is quite grand with various works of art surrounding it. The cathedral is apparently one of the world's largest churches and the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe.

I was just strolling around the markets and food shops aimlessly. Like in the past, monuments had never attracted me. It was a bit around late afternoon that i got back to the square again in order to catch my train back to Dusseldorf. I gave the whole idea a second chance & climbed a few staircases to go and see what is it about.I could see people just basking in the sun, and quite literally, many of them with there pillows. I found it a bit weird. Within minutes the number of people rose from about 50 to 1000. And several of them setting up there cameras and handy-cams. As I was walking out, a whistle blew and sudenly a flash mob was out there for the pillow fight. It was international pillow fight day, which i got to know much later. It was one of the craziest things I had seen till then. People were laughing almost choking with feathers and fibers but held strong determination to fight. I missed having one in my hand at that moment so i had to very quickly walk out.I am told by a friend later in the day that International pillow fight is normally held on 3rd of April every year at same local time, around the world- Brazil, NZ, Ghana, New York, Madrid, London, Miami, Istanbul, Toronto to name just a very few. Word is spread through internet, social networking sites etc. And people just randomly collect. There is absolutely no history or reason for it.Its just pure fun =)

1 comment:

  1. WOW!! how cool ..
    lets plan the same in India too.. ;)