Festivals keep coming and going in India, but each one is marked by a great deal of love and excitement. Holi is one such wonderful festival filled with enthusiasm! This year, the festival is falling on the 19th of March.
On the day of holi festival, we hear dazzling holi songs and fun tales of celebration from around the world. It's a day when we can get away from any type of scolding from our loved ones simply by saying, "bura na maano, Holi hai".
With zeal and great joy, the people of India celebrate the festival of colours. The festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil, is also a day to welcome fresh beginnings, meet and make new friends, to forgive and forget. Different places in India celebrate Holi in a different way with different rituals and traditions, but in an equally fun way. Here, take a glimpse of how different places celebrate the festival of Holi in their unique style.
Lathmar Holi- Brij Ki Holi
Holi celebrated at the Lord Krishna Janambhoomi takes you back to the traditional customs and folk tales.
Brij Ki Holi covers the whole Brij Bhoomi, from Gokul, Vrindavan, Barsana, Nandgaon to Mathura and begins well before the day.
They celebrate one of the most interesting Holi where they not only celebrate with colours, but also with lathis.
On this day, women are armed with lathis and canes, which they use to hit men playfully during the festivities, while men can try to protect themselves with a shield against the laths.
It is one of the most fun way of celebrating Holi, especially for women.
Lathmar Holi will be held on March 12th this year.
Phoolon Ki Holi- Vrindavan
Another beautiful holi celebration seen in Vrindavan is Phoolon wali holi. The Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan celebrates a unique kind of Holi on the Ekadashi, before Holi, where only flowers are used to play with each other, hence the name Phoolon wali Holi (Flowers' Holi). The purpose of this celebration is to connect with God and to bring him joy by showering him with flowers.
This year, Phoolon Ki Holi will be celebrated on 14th March.
Dol Jatra- West Bengal
Dol Jatra, also known as Dol Purnima, is a prominent Holi festival of the Indian states of West Bengal, Odisha and Assam. Music and dance are a big part of this festival. On this day, men and women dress up in bright spring colours like yellow and violet, and the young and old put flowers in their hair. In houses and communities, there are lovely singing and dancing sessions.
The land of writers and scholars celebrate the festival of colours at At Shantiniketan, the land of poets and academics, celebrates the festival of colours with songs, dants, and hymn chanting. In contrast to other parts of the country, West Bengal celebrates the day with a more subdued approach to it.
Royal Holi- Rajasthan
Udaipur's Holi is also known as Dhulandi, and it is one of the best ways to celebrate Holi. The royal family's descendants gather in the palace for a big two-day Holi festival celebration. The royal family would light the bonfire, which would be followed by the citizens taking rounds around the Holika Dahan. Next day, the celebration continues with colors and water balloons and flowers all over the city in the alleys and palaces.
Every year, the royals of Jaipur also host a lavish celebration in the City Palace of their condominium.
Every year on Holi, Udaipur and Jaipur are swarmed with locals and foreign tourists who come to enjoy the fun celebrations in the royal way.
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In Goa, the Holi festival is known as Shigmo. This celebration is also marked with drumbeats and mythological reenactments, which are a Goan characteristic. Shigmo parades are a blast, much like every other Goa celebration.
Shigmo is a big carnival-like gathering that includes street dances and traditional folk music performed by local farmers. To add flavour to these vibrant celebrations, the locals decorate their boats with mythological themes. Join in the festivities of Shigmo carnival and enjoy a memorable time!
Hola Mohalla- Punjab
A day after Holi, Punjab celebrates Hola Mohalla. It is celebrated as a tribute to Sikh men's bravery and valour. The celebration includes displaying their strength through Kushti, martial arts, mock sword fights, and several other strength-related exercises.
This is then followed by the customary tradition of playing with colours, dancing in the evening, and a big langar arrangement that is served throughout the day.
The festival in Anandpur Sahib lasts three days. The Guru established Hola Mahalla as an occasion for Sikhs to display their martial skills in simulated battles.
This year, Hola Mohalla begins on 18 March and ends on 20 March.
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