The Month of Falgun (Spring-March) is desperately being awaited by the Indian as in this month ‘Holi’ is celebrated by the Hindu community throughout the country and worldwide with pomp & show. The grandeur of this unique festival of colors is spectacular and worth viewing. This particular event has been attracting lots of tourists across the world for years.
Holi traditions and names are differ from city to city in this land of multitude cultures, like Holi in North India, Dol jatra in West Bengal, Phagwah in Assam. But, whatever may be the name or theme, the purpose and the spirit of celebration remain the same and the unique feature of this festival is smearing, throwing and splashing colors on each other.
The most remarkable Holi, in India, is celebrated in the home town of Lord Krishna i.e. Uttar Pradesh. A number of tourists from all over the world come to enjoy Holi at Uttar Pradesh. It is celebrated with great pomp and joy in Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Barsana. These are the places where Holi traditions have been handed down from generation to generation. At Mathura the men and women of all ages shed their inhibitions and indulge in drinking intoxicating drinks and playful teasing as they try to throw colors at each other. Temples are also decorated beautifully and the idol of Radha and Krishna are placed on swings and the devotees sing devotional songs.
According to the Hindu Mythology, this colorful festival is celebrated in the remembrance of Lord Krishna and Radha’s love, it is celebrated for 16 days in Vrindavan and Mathura, where Lord Krishna spend his childhood. It occurs once when Lord Krishna frequently moan his mother about the difference of color completion between his dark and Radha’s fair skin. When it was done, it was liked by Krishna and all his friends since then Holi is being celebrated during spring, the celebrated season of love.
The most popular Holi tradition and an interesting one is ‘Latthmaar Holi’ in Barsana, the village of the Shri Radha Ji. Here the women of Barsana give their husbands a tough time when they come to play Holi. women covering their face with the long veil of their saree hit the men on their back holding a long thick stick while men has to protect themselves with the help of shields. Ladies, over power the men, hold them captive, beat them up and dress them up in female attire.
It is a two-day festival. First day is called the Holika Dahan which holds the cultural significance. This day Bonfires are placed in the evening, which signify the burning of the evil in the bonfire. Fire, in India, stands for purity. The second day is for the celebrations which take place by playing with different shades of colors and by relishing different sweet and salty dishes. Many finger licking sweets and snack items like Gujia, Malpua, Papad Matari, Dahi Bada, Puran Poli, etc.
Peoples throw colors on one another Children have fun playing with water guns, balloons and syringes known as Pichkari’s. Holi colours signify changing of the earth’s dull and drab winter with colorful and vivacious spring season. Weeks before Holi, the markets are flooded with Holi colors – red, pink, yellow, golden, green, purple, blue and so on.
The most amazing part of the Holi is that the people get together and celebrate Holi by consuming milkshakes (Thandai) made of Bhang. They dance on music of Dholak, and singing folk songs.
Come and enjoy the colours of India in a traditional way.