Holi is an ancient and prevalent Hindu religious festival distinguished throughout India. It is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours. The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated on Phalgun Purnima which befalls around the month of March. It is the second most extensively celebrated festival of India after Diwali.
This festival is celebrated as the victory of good over bad also. There are numerous mythological stories behind the origin of the festival. But, one which is in Indian traditions is about killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyap. – Owing to that it is celebrated. Holi festival is also broadly related with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha. The festival also holds implication with reverence to end of winter season and the onset of the summer season. So, there are many on the charts as Indian religion is vast.
With a long weekend coming up this Holi, it is the time to put on your travelling shoes and travel to some of the below-mentioned destinations in India for some crazy Holi celebrations. Get beaten with sticks, or enjoy a concert or join the locals in the streets as they shower gulal and water to each other or get drenched with vibrantly coloured powders and water or watch the ‘Holika Dahan’ or just calmly soak in the bewildering experience of perceiving the band of itinerant spiritualist minstrels of Bengal. Witness all this on Holi 2019 in a different than the usual way, as India is Incredible.
Just pick up any destination from the below and play your famous Holi festival in India Go Travel!
- Barsana, Uttar Pradesh: Holi with Sticks
Indian men don’t always rule the nestle! The women of Barsana and Nandgaon villages near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh hit men with sticks – no wonder it is the tradition in town which is known as Lathmar Holi celebrations. Unfortunately, I being a solo traveller would not recommend the other solo travellers to come here alone due to the repulsive behaviour of men, who continue to go around assaulting women. However, you can visit it with your friends or group to experience the sight to catch the giggling women taking absolute pleasure in putting the sticks to use. The Barsana Holi is definitely the most famous places to celebrate Holi in India and will give you all the ambiences of Mathura Holi for sure!
- Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Traditional Holi
It is one of the most additional Holi celebrated in India. Here the Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami which is the end of winter – 40 days before the main Holi-day. It is in the town of Mathura and Vrindavan – an easy four-hour drive from Delhi. Mathura is also well known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, while Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. Also to notice is that on Ekadashi before Holi, the city celebrates Phoolon wali Holi where flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. Vrindavan is also known for a unique celebration of Holi where Widow’s Holi began a few years back to break the resolution that prevented widows from playing with colours or wearing coloured clothes.
Shantiniketan is a timeworn and leading university in West Bengal, where the great Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore introduced the Basant Utsav to re-experience the ancient tradition. Till today the ritual is followed and celebrated in matchless enthusiasm and vigour. Inspired by Holi and springtime the students dress up in a colourful outfit and put on a huge ethnic extravaganza for the visitors. All this contentment, colours, and joy of Shantiniketan make it the best Holi celebration in India. Students wear up in spring colours and put on a huge traditional program for visitors, including dances to Tagore’s songs. This is followed by the typical throwing of colours. Basanta Utsav has become a valued part of Bengali history and culture, and it fascinates abundant foreign tourists.
- Jaipur, Rajasthan: Holi and Elephants
This is one its kind in India and is celebrated with full enthusiasm and zeal. It is an elephant festival which kicks off Holi celebrations in Jaipur every year on Holi eve. Elephant parades, elephant beauty contests, traditional dances, and the tug-of-war between elephants, locals and foreigners are some of the events on this day. This destination can be covered by solo travellers as well. All this makes Holi extra fun! Please see: That this event hasn’t been held since 2012 due to pressure from animal rights groups. So, if you do not get this you can try Holi of Pushkar and Udaipur it has its own unique charm and playful atmosphere with loads of sweets to relish.
Punjab in India is a traditional and rich state with a variant of festivals and customs. One such is Holi too! The celebrations of Holi in Punjab are by the Sikhs which differ from the entire country in many ways. The locals shout-out their hearts following their tradition. Besides, they display their martial arts on this day and have fun with colours in the evening. Delicious halwa, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others.
It is sporadic to find celebrations of Holi in South India. But, it is true Hampi is one of the known destinations for Holi, people from all over the world come here to celebrate Holi. And this is because of the presence of a large number of western tourists in Hampi and this is because it is a world heritage site and quite popular among foreigners. In addition to the use of coloured powder & liquid colours, the celebrations of Holi in Hampi also include a loud riot of music and dance.
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