India is a very diverse country and the whole world is aware of it. With so many seasons, languages, states, cultures, cuisines, and festivals. India proves itself as a land of diversity at its best.
In this article, we will talk about the festive season of Holi which is being celebrated across India in different forms all having their own significance and importance. So let’s see how people in India Celebrate this festival of colors.
Lathmar Holi, Uttar Pradesh:
The most famous type of Holi is the Lathmar Holi celebrated by the natives of Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgoan, and Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. It has been celebrated there as “Barsana ki Holi” ever since Lord Krishna visited & played Holi with Radharani and her friends there.
Lathis, which are canes used to playfully strike men and boys during the festivities, are carried by the women in this celebration. The males, on their part, arrive equipped with a dhal (Hindi), or shield, to defend themselves. The unfortunate men who are caught by the women are forced to dress as women and dance in public. All this is done in a fun manner, without hurting anyone.
Phoolon Ki Holi (Holi with Flowers), Vrindavan:
The exquisite Phoolon ki Holi festival in Vrindavan, which takes place within the premises of the temple grounds, is well-known and very popular both in India as well as around the world. People don’t use water or colors here to play Holi but they use flowers. Yes! Nice fresh flowers to play Holi and enjoy the festival.
As soon as the temple doors open, the priests of the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan throw flowers at the visitors. Without a doubt, Phoolon Ki Holi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people interested in the Holi festival to see the different kinds of it and experience it with great joy.
This holiday is observed on the fifth day before Phalgun Purnima. In the name of Krishna Leela, the practise is observed in Mumbai and many other places in Maharashtra. Out of all the different types of Holi celebrations, this one seems like a favourite as people in Maharashtra do an event as a part of Holi called “Dahi handi.”
This resembles a part of lord Krishna’s life when he was always behind the buttermilk and her mother used to keep it hanging in a pot at a great height but he always reached the pot to eat the delicious fresh butter with his friends making a human pyramid.
Every year, pandals are placed up to smash pots to recreate the mischief. The pots are hung at tremendous heights, and enormous pyramid-shaped formations of trained men are used to break them, while ladies splash them with color and water.
Hola Mohalla, Punjab:
One day after Holi celebrated Hola Mohalla, a festival that is unusual and was made famous by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. It is observed as an occasion that showcases martial arts, stunts, as well as mock fights in honour of the toughness and bravery of Sikh men, and is then followed by the customary habit of playing with colours in the evening.
In the Gurudwara, a substantial arrangement for langar (meal) is provided throughout the day for free. The largest event of Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, Hola Mohalla is a one-day extravaganza held in an open space at a ford across the brook Charan Ganga.
In the Indian state of Goa, there is a Holi event known as Shigmo Holi. Farmers celebrate one of their biggest holidays as they joyfully welcome spring. Every year, Shigmo Utsava is lavishly celebrated for 14 days.
One of Goa’s traditional celebrations, Shigmo is quite distinct from the state’s other regional carnivals. Plan to visit Goa during this time to experience a unique and very exclusive Holi with your friends and family. Do involve in the local culture and learn how diverse India is.
Manjul Kuli, Kerala:
Holi is celebrated in the southern region as Ukuli or as Manjal kuli. Turmeric is the main colour used during the traditional celebration, which is celebrated by the Konkani and Kudumbi communities of Kerala.
On the first day, people go to the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thiruma, but on the day before, they play Holi without any colours at all, using only water and turmeric. Traditional folk melodies, which are in fact elegant and serene, are sung throughout this festival of colours.
Apart from the different types of Holi celebrated in India mentioned above there are more types like the Royal Holi in Rajasthan, Majorly celebrated in Jaipur and Udaipur as the Royal family is still maintaining the traditions. Next Dhulandi Holi in Haryana, which is exclusively celebrated in Haryana celebrates the bond between sister-in-law and brother-in-law.
Basant Utsav in West Bengal is another form of Holi celebrated with great enthusiasm. Also, Bihar Holi is celebrated as Phalgun Purnima, as Kaman Pandigai in Tamil Nadu and Yosang in Manipur.