Celebrated every year on the full moon day of Phalguna month of Hindu calendar, this festival of colours brings in a myriad of memories of the loved ones with whom we’ve celebrated it. All of us have our ways when it comes to celebrating this fun-filled festival. Although playing with colors, remains the same, Holi is celebrated in its own unique ways in different parts of India. Read about some of the most famous places for Holi celebrations in India :
- Mathura and Vrindavan:
- The temple towns of Brij which echoes with tales of Radha-Krishna are popular for their long-running 40-day celebration.
- Mathura and Vrindavan mark a grand Holi celebration with huge processions of people flocking ducked in colours and dancing to the beats of dhols.
- The famous Holi celebration spots are Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura and Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan.
- Barsana and Nandgaon are popular for a bizarre event, Lathmar Holi, where women chase men and beat them up with sticks.
- The Ladliji temple which is dedicated to Sri Radha Rani organizes this event of fun-filled beatings on a day before the actual Holi.
- It’s quite a sight to catch chuckling women while beating men.
- When it comes to festivals, Mumbaikars have always their own peculiar way of enjoying it! The megacity celebrates Holi with a spectacular event, ‘matki phod’where a pot full of buttermilk is hanged and men clamber on top of one another forming a human pyramid to reach the pot.
- Thus, the playful celebration is a blend of ancient customs and Bollywood fun.
- Purulia, West Bengal
- The Purulia district of West Bengal organizes a 3-day-long folk festival called Basanta Utsava.
- This folk festival displays an exquisite mixture of tribal flavors and colours of spring. The extraordinary charm of the Utsava includes the incredible Chau dance, Natua dance, Darbari Jhumur, Baul musicians singing folk songs and acrobatic stunts.
- Hampi, Karnataka
- South India is generally avoided for boisterous occasions but Hampi is popular due to the presence of a large number of western tourists.
- Locals along with foreign tourists gather in the streets smeared in colours and dance to the rhythmic beating of drums.
So get moving, enjoy the Holi but stay safe. Avoid artificial colors and take basic precautions for skin and hair care. Have a wonderful Holi.
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