By Tanushree De20 Mar 2019, 22:39 IST
The spring festival of Holi is now a celebration that takes place not only in India but across the world. Steeped in rich cultural traditions, the crazy merriment and feeling of inclusiveness associated with this festival of colour makes people look forward to celebrating it. Known by different names such as Phagwah, Dhuleti or Dhulandi, Holi is just one festival of colours but celebrated across the country in myriad ways, each more interesting than the other.
From the famous holi celebrations of Mathura and Vrindavan, to the Bhasm holi of Benaras, there are various ways in which people express their festive spirit in India. While Sikhs celebrate an extension of the festival as Hola Mohalla, Rangapanchami and Dol Jatra are other names given to the festival in some parts of India.
One of the interesting traditions includes the Lathmaar holi which is celebrated days before the actual event. This takes place in the towns of Barsana and Nandgaon near the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The legend behind it includes Lord Krishna who, as the story goes, was chased away by the women of Barsana when he came to visit his beloved Radha one day. The preparations for Lathmar Holi begin almost a month in advance and it is a very remarkable show of women power as they beat the men of barsana with lathis as part of the legendary celebrations. The playfulness is reminiscent of Krishna and Radha’s unabashed rasleela.
Watch this video to know about and witness the interesting tradition of Lathmaar holi.