Holi is one of the most celebrated and popular festivals amongst the Indian audience. This festival has its own importance and significance, which differs from state to state and culture to culture. There are many myths and legends associated to the festival that are followed all across the country. In north India, people believe in the Holika legend while in south India, it is believed that Holi is celebrated as a tribute to the sacrifice of Lord Kaamdeva, who was turned into ashes when he struck Lord Shiva with his love arrow.

So, let’s take a look at the beautiful journey of this colorful festival all across the nation.

Holi in Pushkar

Pushkar Holi
Holi arrives with the advent of spring season and Pushkar is famously known for its colourful celebrations. Apart from locals, the festival attracts many foreigners with its cultural value and vibrant beauty. Tourists from Israel come down to Pushkar to participate in Pushkar Holi. On the day of Holi, you will find the place smeared with sparkling colours as people play with gulaal (dry colour powder) and coloured water. These colours could be natural or chemical. People are getting more aware these days and prefer herbal colours over the chemical ones. Gulal is available in vibrant pink, red, green and yellow colours. These  colours have occupied the market shelves despite being harsh for the human skin.

You can find the market of Pushkar stuffed with huge piles of bright colours. Here you can find a traditional and cultural touch to the festival unlike metro cities. Before the colourful function of Holi, the people perform all the rituals and Puja in a traditional way.

Holi in Mathura / Barsana

Holi In India

Mathura-Vrindavan is the most famous destination to celebrate Holi. It is the place where Radha and Krishna were brought up and it is believed that the festival originated at the same place. A week long celebration is carried out and people from all over the places come here and colour themselves in the true spirit of Holi. Vrindavan is a place famous for its Radha-Krishna temples, where priests perform grand Puja for the festival of colours and the place is crowded with several devotees. The legend says that, while Lord Krishna was growing up in Braj, he popularized the festival with his pranks. He played Holi with gopies of Braj and the festivities have continued ever since. So, going along with the ritual, men and women of Braj get in a colourful battle. As per the tradition, men from Nandagaon invade Barsana, with high hopes of raising the flag over Shri Radhikaji s temple. They receive a challenging welcome as the women of Barsana greet them with long wooden sticks. The men are beaten as they attempt to rush through the town to reach a relatively safe place in Shri Radhikaji s temple. Men are well padded, as they are not allowed to retaliate. In this mock battle the men try their best not to be captured. Unlucky captives can be forcefully lead away, thrashed and dressed in female attire before being made to dance as a custom. This type of Holi is famously known as “Lath Mar Holi”!!

Holi in West Bengal

Holi with Flowers

It’s not just northern and western parts of India where Holi is celebrated in high spirits, but also in east India, specifically West Bengal. People look forward to this festival of colours in the Bengal. The most famous places where you can enjoy this festival to its fullest are, Shantiniketan and Purulia. In Shantiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore started celebrating Holi as Vasanta Utsav, where the celebrations consists of dance, music and flowers. It is not played with gulal and water colours. You can enjoy a nice, and safe Holi at the place.  In Purulia, Holi celebrations are on for three consecutive days. You can experience a traditional Holi in this place where people sing folk songs and play a colourful Holi with each other. Various local dance forms are performed by trained artists.

Holi in Delhi

Holi In Delhi

Delhi is one metro city, where people from all the states of India live together. Here, people celebrate this most fascinating festival of colours Holi, with utmost joy. There are several big Holi bashes held on this day. Even in small colonies and residential areas, people make sure that the festival is celebrated with fun and frolic. The evergreen parks turn all red and white on this day as kids and even the elder people come out in the sun to splash out colours on their friends and family. The Holi festival is much awaited in Delhi because of its lip-smacking food that is cooked in almost every household. There are as many varieties of spicy cuisines as of sweets on this colourful day.

Holi in Gujarat

Holi In Gujarat

Out of so many festivals that are celebrated in Gujarat, Holi grabs the top slot. People are always thrilled and excited to celebrate this festival of colours and youths are especially up for the fun and frolic. There is tradition of tying an earthen pot on a height and then all the young boys form a team to break that buttermilk pot. This is a very popular act on Holi in western  part of India where people form a human pyramid and one person climbs them all to reach at the top and smashes the ‘Dahi Handi’ with his forehead. There are traditional songs that are sung while cracking open the buttermilk pot, like ‘Govinda Aala re’.  This tradition of breaking the buttermilk pot has been derived from the legends of lord Krishna, who used to steal butter in absence of his mother. Sometimes it’s a competition between two teams and a crowd of spectators who applause for the participants drenched in colours and water.

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