Holi, popularly known as the festival of colours, is the perfect occasion to be celebrated with your near and dear ones. This is a colourful and fun-filled festival, celebrated in the month of March.
India is famous for its rich cultural heritage and the festival of Holi goes a long way in showcasing this fact across the world. Holi celebrates the Hindu god Krishna and the legend of Holika and Prahlad, a price dedicated to the worship of Vishnu. It is full moon in the lunar month of phalguna. People spray brightly coloured powders and water in enormous public celebrations. Each year, people gather to celebrate the beginning of spring with an explosion of colour and traditional music. The day is all about good vibes and celebration of good over evil
Are you excited to know how it is celebrated in different parts of the country? Here we go.
- In Barsana, Mathura and Vrindavan areas, women run after men with lathis or canes and playfully hit them during this celebration. The male members in the family of Barsana come with a ‘shield or dhal’ to the spot, where it is celebrated. Hence it is called as Lathmar Holi and is celebrated a week before the Holi festival.
- Holi celebrations in Nandagoan is extremely famous and photographers from all over the world come to Vrindavan during Holi to click pictures.
- Next up is Bihar! On the evening of Phalguna Poornima, people light up the holika pyre to get rid of their problems and evil spirits.
- In the energetic place of Gujarat, Holi is celebrated for two days. On the first day people ignite bonfires and offer raw coconuts and corn to it. The second day is ‘Dhuleti’ the festival of colour in which they play with colours.
- In West Bengal, Holi is referred as “Dol Purnima” or the “Swing festival”. Here the festival is celebrated in a different style by placing icons of Lord Radha Krishna which is later taken around the main streets of the city or the village.
Apart from these major states, many cities of India celebrate the festival of Holi in unique ways with the main ingredient, COLOURS! People in every part of the world celebrate this festival with their own customs.
Happy Holi to you all!