March, a month of immense anxiety for working class as the year end is near by, bring clouds of nervousness among students as their career deciding High School or Senoir Secondary exams yet to be started, and at last the housewives get fatigue while wrapping up the heavy woolen garments. Amid of all these strenuous activities, Holi-color of festivals paints our faded lives with love, happiness, prosperity, and left us with giggling faces whenever we recount last holi celebration tales.
Holi is a power booster festival, children are busy in making collecting wooden logs or bushes for Holika-Dehan, celebrated a night before the festival. The house ladies are busy in preparing the mouthwatering gujjiyas, papads and lot more snacks items. While the men section is engaged in making Holi more colorful and joyful.
India is always known for its rich culture and different ethics of celebrating the same festival with more royal essence and more vibrantly. We’re enlisting four prominent cities of our colorful motherland known for its distinct ways of celebrating Holi.
Mathura and Vrindavan
The tradition of playing colors on Holi initiated from the leela of Krishna and Radha, according to Hindu mythology. Here the holi celebrations started a week before. The local people guises into Radha and Krishna, and play holi with all religious fervor. Mathura holds a high weightage in the celebration as it is the holy land where lord Krishna took birth. The believers of Shree Krishna and Radha carry out possessions from Dwarkhadeesh temple and ends onto the bank of Yamuna River. While the grand celebration held at Bankebihari temple in Vrindavan; the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi.
Uttar Pradesh is always known for its crazy festival celebration. In this context, Barsana Ki-Lathmaar Holi is one of the most popular forms of playing holi. It is believed that Barsana is the home-town of Radha, where Krishna traveled to tease Radha and her friends. Reacting on this wrongdoing, the women of Barsana chased them. The main celebrations at Barsana, take place at the Ladliji temple, dedicated to Sri Radha Rani.
The celebrations carried out for two days, first day men from Nandagaon (Lord Krishna’s Village) travel to Barsana. And on the next day women chase the men with a stick. The most interesting part is that men can use a shield to protect themselves, therefore known as Lathmaar Holi.
Basant Utsav is another name for Holi celebrated in Shantiniketan, West Bengal. The festival is celebrated by the final year students of Vishva Bharati University at Shantiniketan in the remembrance of Nobel laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore.
The students dress up in yellow color and perform on wonderful folk songs and dance followed by playing with colours. The celebration has become an integral part of rich Bengali tradition. It attracts the international dwellers as well, every year numerous people participate and witness the celebrations held there.
The celebration of Holi among Sikhs is known as Hola Mohalla. The clans celebrate the festival at Anandpur Sahib, Punjab on the very next day of Hindu celebrates Holi. It is an annual fair. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru of Sikhism, initiated the celebrations of Hola Mohalla. Superficially, Hola Mohalla is the masculine name of feminine Holi. At a point when Holi coloring the eternal, Hola Mohalla depicts the forms of masochism in through martial art skills in simulated battles. The celebration held for long three days, mock battles, exhibitions, display of weapons etc are held followed by religious performances like kirtan, music, poetry and much more.
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