Let’s welcome the festival of colours, Holi!
Holi is one of the second most popular festival celebrated in India after Diwali which is also known as the spring festival.
Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil. According to the belief, Holi celebrates the killing of holika, the sister of hirna kashyap and it also signifies the end of winter season and the beginning of summer season. Here are some of the best places you can visit during Holi.
Braj ki Holi, Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh, India
The most popular places that celebrates Holi with the great enthusiasm and fervour in India are Mathura and Vrindavan. Mathura and vrindavan are very popular tourist pilgrimage places which are very famous as the the birthplace and childhood home of Lord Krishna.
Mathura and Vrindavan are easiest to approach from the places nearby Delhi. The famous attraction during Holi in Mathura is Dwarkadhish Temple and Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, both of the places celebrates a week long festival of Holi.
Lathmaar Holi in Barsana and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh, India
How can we forget the famous Holi celebration of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh for their lath Maar Holi. Barsana, the home of Radha, is also famous for the unique celebration of Holi.
During the two day festival of Lath maar Holi, the first day men from Nandgaon, krishna’s village travel to Barsana to tease the women there. The women hit the chasing men with the sticks called lath and that’s why the lath maar Holi is named so. Yes, definitely, men can shield themselves.
On the second day women from Barsana go to Nandgaon to celebrate the festival of playing colours. Really worth watching!
Royal and Traditional Holi celebration in Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, India
Rajasthan also celebrates Holi with the great enthusiasm specially Jaipur and udaipur. The first day of holika dahan is observed in udaipur at the city palace which is performed in a very traditional way by the Mewar dynasty.
The next day, the streets of Jaipur are flaunting the prestigious parade done by the decorated elephants, camels and horses. And that’s really a treat for the eyes to watch the the prestigious parrade in the streets of Jaipur.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab India
Holi is celebrated as Hola mohalla among the Sikh community at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Hola mohalla was first started by the Guru Govind Singh ji to celebrate the festival of Holi. The three day festival remarks the grand celebration involving exhibitions, display of weapons, artistic competitions specially the mock battles.
Spring festival in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India
The festival of Holi is celebrated as Basant Utsav by the students of Shantiniketan who are dressed in the the colourful dresses organising various cultural events and followed by the splashing of colours on each other.
Folk Holi in Purulia,West Bengal, India
The unique art of folk dancing makes the festival of Holi in purulia a remarkable event to watch. This is a enchanting 3 day Basant utsav folk festival that can be enjoyed with the locals of West Bengal thoroughly.
And how can I forget to mention the famous Holi celebration at Dharavi in Mumbai as well as the musical Holi celebration in Delhi which is the most thrilling experience that everyone must have once in their lifetime.
So, enjoy the festival of colours with your high spirit and great fervour.