A Quick Peek Into The Different Types Of Holi In India
By: Pinki Mon, 22 Mar 2021 3:58:54
Holi is undoubtedly a festival that celebrates and promotes the diversity of Indian culture. The festival is rejoiced with unique rituals in different regions of India. The essence of Holi is in the air but the atmosphere is unique for each state or city in India. Here is a quick peek into the different types of Holi in India that you must consider experiencing your India Tour :
# Phoolon ki Holi, Vrindavan and Pushkar
Vrindavan is the holy city surrounded by places that reflect the love of Radha and Krishna. The Holi festival is celebrated with grandeur to commemorate the centuries-old love of the playful couple. The color play starts days before the day of Holi and people are sprinkled with flowers, holy water, and herbal colors in Krishna temples.
Similarly, the ‘Phoolon ki Holi’ or ‘Holi of Flowers’ in Pushkar sets the excitement bar very high. Both the places attract tourists from around the world. One must never miss the experience of being covered with fragrant flower petals and vibrant colors of Holi.
# Royal Holi, Udaipur
Udaipur is a city with a rich history of royal heritage. The royal family and their traditions add more beauty to every festival. The rituals of Holi include the Royal ‘Mewar Holika Dahan’, playing with colors, and even fireworks. The preparation and decoration start quite early to accomplish the most elegant views and experiences on the day of Holi. The preceding evening is enjoyed to the fullest when people dance around the Bonfire to the mesmerizing rhythms of folklore.
The unmatchable beauty of the royal palaces is enhanced with magnificent lights and flowers the city palace is the most preferred spot for celebrations. The preparation starts quite early and numerous temples are decorated to organize the rituals of Holi. There are magnificent processions with elephants, camels, and horses adorned elegantly. To witness the imperial grandiose of Udaipur covered in the colors of Holi is a sight to behold.
# Lathmar Holi, Uttar Pradesh
The unique tradition of Lathmar Holi in the Mathura Region of Uttar Pradesh attracts a lot of attention. It is an added local ritual that brings more fun and laughter to the festival of Holi. The lovely couple Radha and Krishna hold great significance in the hearts of people. The legend of Krishna being driven away from Barsana when he came to color Radha is imitated. Men from Nandgaon visit Barsana to color women, in turn, women beat up the men, and every spectator bursts into laughter. The Lathmar Holi is celebrated with great excitement before the actual festival. Wish to see the ancient legends come to life? Celebrate Holi in Uttar Pradesh.
# Shigmo, Goa
The experience of Holi with natural colors and a rural vibe is what the festival of Shigmo has for the visitors. It is a pre-Holi tradition celebrated in Goa for the duration of 5 to 14 days celebrated in February or March. The hotspot for the most entertaining rituals remains the rural areas. The local people dress in beautiful attires and dance on the streets in groups carrying out a whole procession. The festival turns into a carnival of colors brimming with excitement and exhilaration.
# Rang Panchami, Maharashtra
A day dedicated majorly to bright colors which are quite significant in the Hindu ritual of worshipping or invocating Gods or Goddesses. The festival of Rang Panchami is celebrated five days before Holi. It is widely popular in the state of Maharashtra. This is the best spot to closely observe the religious and spiritual side of Holi along with the vibrant festive side of the occasion. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the rural Marathi people who welcome visitors with open arms.
# Hola Mohalla, Punjab
The Sikhs of Punjab are recognized for their excessive bravery, social service, and frankness. The festival of Hola Mohalla is quite famous for its artistic performers amidst the colors of Holi. It is celebrated for three days in the month of March. The dates are decided as per the lunar calendar and mostly coincide with the festival of colors. The main event takes place at Anandpur Sahib, a place that holds great historical and religious importance for the community. Visiting Punjab at the time of Holi is like a breath of fresh air filled with a sense of belonging.
# Dola Utsav, Odisha
The Dola Utsav is a six-day long festival celebrated in the coastal region of Odisha. The essence of divinity is the center of all the rituals performed to worship Lord Krishna and Radha. On the day of Dola Purnima, the idol of Lord Jagannath is brought out of the temple to allow the devotees to play Holi with them. The gathering turns into a procession of colored people singing bhajans. Mostly, the festival of Holi is celebrated on the next day of Dola Purnima. Visit Odisha before Holi to be a part of the grand procession.