Traveling, the most adventurous and interesting sports across the globe. The same can be a source of tremendous knowledge; i.e.; one can gain knowledge about different people, different places, different cultures, etc.
INDIA, a land of UNITY IN DIVERSITY, famous for it’s clashing religions….. contrastive cultures, customs and traditions. Travelling across it can be both happening and enlightening. Travelling in India in the festival season can be more rewarding.
India is famous for many different and colourful festivals. One among the major and most substantial festivals is the….. FESTIVAL OF COLOURS…. HOLI!! It’s marks the end of freezing winters and the beginning of joyous springs and the harvesting season.
Holi, popularly known as ‘Phagwah’ in Assam, ‘Dol jatra’ in West Bengal;etc., is celebrated with different names and traditions across India. But it’s celebrated throughout the nation with the same enthusiam and dynamism.
1) BARSANA,UTTAR PRADESH :
It occurs before the actual Holi in the neighbouring towns of Barsana and Nandgaon near Mathura, where thousands of Hindus and tourists congregate, each year. The females give their male partners….a tough time and celebrate their traditional LATHMAAR holi.
Bengal celebrates the festival in a grand fashion and it’s popularly called ‘ DOL PURNIMA.’ The idols of Krishna and Radha are decked on a palanquin.
3) IN MAHARASHTRA:
The festival of colors is commonly known by the name of SHIMGA or RANGAPANCHAMI in Maharashtra. Colors are played on the 5th day after Holika dahan.The state gets its unique flavour by mouth-watering PURAN POLI.
4) HOLI IN JAIPUR:
Initially,here Holi was celebrated in a royal manner; COLOURFUL ELEPHANTS PARADE, FOLK DANCES were a treat to watch. But since 2012, because of pressure from animal welfare group…… This traditional way of holi celebration hasn’t been held. So in order to compensate for the same, Rajasthan Tourism organizes a same Holi celebration….without the elephants. Event features only folk dances and throwing of colours.
5) IN MANIPUR:
Locally known as YAOSANG. It ‘s celebrated for 6 days starting on the full moon day of Plalgun. For Manipuris, Holi is all about unique dance THABAL CHONGBA, preparing thatched hut of hay, twigs and setting it ablaze, followed by playing colurs. And it ends by devotees taking out processions towards the main Krishna Temple.
6) IN KAMAUNI, UTTARAKHAND:
Celebrated for about 2 months,starting from Basant Pachmi. It’s a musical affair, whether it be BAITHKI HOLI, the KHARI HOLI or MAHILA HOLI. It’s
one of those festival celebration that is inter-religious, as even Christians and Muslims participate in the local musical gatherings.
7) IN ALLAHABAD:
This one is filled with fun and frolic. Celebrated for 2 days, the whole city is smeared in balloons, colors and gujiyyas. It’s most adorned by youngsters. Apart from colors, people also play with mud, greese, paint and also strangers……and they have only one phrase on their tongue…..’Bura na mano, Holi hai’
Above mentioned are some of the many ways Holi is celebrated in India. One may travel in the festive season, which is adventurous and treat to their taste-buds. In addition to it, travellers may then roam about the whole state and nation and make their trip more fruitful and joyous.
8) IN MATHURA AND VRINDAVAN-
Last but not the least, the celebration of Holi in Mathura, the birth place of lord Krishna and vrindavan where he grew up is very grand. Holi generally associated with lord Krishna and Radha, he used to play Holi with Radha and gopis and so now also people celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm.
“Baake Bihari Laal Ki Jai ” 🙂
AUTHOR- Dr Chandini Gupta