Holi is one of the most important festivals of India. It is celebrated during spring season on last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna in every region of India. It is an ancient religious festival of the Hindus, known for sharing love. People get drenched in colored water and have color fight throughout the day.
Holi, the Festival of Colours, celebrated throughout India, Nepal, and other parts of the world having Hindu community. It is also getting popular among non-Hindus community in many parts of South Asia and outside Asia. Holi will be celebrated on 23rd March in 2016.
Holi is celebrated in a different way by every region in India. It shows the emotional bond among different part of society. On this day, people sprinkle colors on each other without any hesitation.
Vardhman Vacations shares with you the unique ways of celebrating Holi
Holi of Barsana: – Holi of Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, is of particular interest. Here, men from Nandgaon, the land of Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana. But, instead of colours they are greeted with sticks by the gopis and known as Lathmar Holi. Lathmar Holi takes place around a week before the main day of Holi. In 2016, it will happen on March 17.
Holi in Mathura-Vrindavan: – People from all corners of India, rather, world gather at Mathura-Vrindavan every year to feel the essence of Holi in the land of Krishna. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born, while Vrindavan was where he spent his childhood. People relive the legends of Holi associated with Radha and Krishna and play pranks the young Krishna played with the cowgirls called gopis. The underlying feeling of this fun-frolic was love and devotion.
The week long celebrations at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan are also legendary, and culminate with the throwing of colors on Dhulendi (March 23, 2016).
Holi in Rajasthan: – The colourful state of Rajasthan plays Holi much the same way as Mathura. A night before the full moon, crowds of people gather together and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves and twigs of the winter. People throw coloured water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other. Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the gaiety of the occasion.
On the eve of Holi people light bonfires to mark the occasion and ward of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. For an unforgettable regal experience, join in the celebration of Udaipur’s Mewar royal family. There will be a magnificent palace procession from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace, including bedecked horses and royal band.
Pushkar celebrates this festival few days before Holi by the devotees of Lord Krishna, in a unique way. In Pushkar, people celebrate Holi with flower instead of colors. The devotees dance on the beats of drums and praise Lord Krishna through devotional songs.
Holi in Maharashtra (Shimga or Rangpanchami):– People of Maharashtra have their own grand style of celebrating Holi. People of Maharashtra commonly know this festival of colours by the name of Shimga or Rangpanchami. The color fight here begins on the fifth day. Besides other things, not to be missed is their traditional mouthwatering delicacy of Maharashtra – Puranpoli.
This festival is generally popular in the fisher-folk. They celebrate it in on a large scale and revel in the festivities by singing, dancing and merry-making. People also utter sound through their mouths in a peculiar fashion by striking their mouths with the back of their hands.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal:– In West Bengal, Holi is celebrated as Basant Utsav or Spring Festival started by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The boys and girls at Shantiniketan welcome spring in a cheerful way through music, dance and chanting hymns, besides sprinkling colors. Basant Utsav has become a cherished part of Bengali history and culture, and it attracts numerous foreign tourists.
Note that festivities happen a day earlier than the given date for Holi in other parts of India. Experience this elegant way of Holi celebration in the serene atmosphere of Shantiniketan to cherish the memorable moments throughout life.
Holi in Manipur: – It is interesting to note how Holi is celebrated in Manipur. Everyone participate in this joyous festival, locally named as ‘Yaoshang’. It continues for six days starting on the full moon day of Phalguna. People worship Lord Krishna and then burn a hut of straw called ‘Yaoshang Meithaba’, before beginning the festival. Young boys and girls then go from door to door in traditional costume, seeking ‘Nakatheng’ or customary money. It may also be noted that the traditional and the centuries old Yaoshang festival of Manipur amalgamated with Holi with the introduction of Vaishnavism in the eighteenth century.
Musical Holi in Delhi: – Holi tends to be a rowdy affair in Delhi. If you’re staying anywhere near Paharganj, be prepared to be covered in color by shopkeepers and children alike if you step outside. People move out in tolis and apply colour on each other till they become unrecognizable. Feasts, music, dancing and blasting parties are held all over the city to mark the festival of colours. People hug and greet each other by applying abeer as tilak. Any feeling of hardship or animosity is forgotten on the day.
Holi in Punjab: – Holi in Punjab is celebrated in a different style and with full of energy, which is called ‘Hola Mohalla’. It was first organized by Sikh Guru Govind Singh to celebrate Holi. However, instead of throwing colors, expect to see a demonstration of physical agility. There’s wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises, and turban tying.
Things to Remember while celebrating Holi
Use dry colors: – Instead of using colored water use dry colored powder, which is easy to clean.
Use lukewarm water to cleanse the color from your skin.
Don’t waste water: – During Holi, people use water-gun, throw water balloons, empty buckets of water. Know the value of water as we are facing global warming.
Don’t Force:– Don’t put colors on others forcely.
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