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Dipped your soul in the colorful celebration of Holi, at the birthplace of Lord Krishna


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.

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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.

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Latthmaar Holi – Barsana, Mathura

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.

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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.

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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.

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Durga Puja-The Real Sole Of Hindus


This is the time when hot summer completely says goodbye and a pleasant wheather arise in India. End of the September brings delight, hopes, joy and happiness in Indian. It is the time when festival knocks the door of Indians. Magical colors of festivals are the breath of India. Festival time is starting for the divine nine days that are known as Navratra or Durga Puja. Durga Puja is celebrated by the all parts of the society of India whether it is slum area or a royal street.

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Durga Puja is celebrated in all over the India with different custom and style. Durga Puja is the nine days festival during these nine day people offering worships and fast of nine days.These nine days people enjoy very much with the divine feeling of trust and faith on spiritual power.

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It is believe of Hindus that goddess Durga emerged from energies of the  most powerful Hindu gods and the supreme trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma to vanquish the evil demon Mahishasura who never be defeated by any powerful man or god.In the ancient and divine language of India ,Sanskrit the meaning of Durga is “the inaccessible” or “the impenetrable”. Goddess Durga regarded as the Parvati.wife of Lord shiva. People worships of the goddess Durga idols .The goddess Durga idols is the idol of very beautiful and powerful woman with a third eye on her forehead, carrying weapons in her ten hands and riding on the lion.

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“Sindur Khela” at Durga Puja in West Bengal

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the various Indian states of  Bihar ,Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura Manipur, and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In Tripura and West Bengal,which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the  festival of the year. Not only is it the Hindu festival celebrated throughout the nation, it is also the most valuable socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kashmir, Kerala and Karnataka.

 

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Devotees immerse the idols of Goddess Durga in the Hooghly river in Kolkata

Kolkata is widely renowned for its fish market and Durga Puja. The traditional city Kolkata enjoys most during the Durga puja. The whole Kolkata city will be decked out like a beautiful new bride. Lights, colors, songs and dance spread fragrance of joy in this city. Durga Puja is the most divine and precious festival of the Bengalis.

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Durga Puja celebration in Gujarat

In Gujarat, Durga Puja is celebrated in spectacular color of joy. Dandiya Dance or Garba dance makes this festival awesome. Gujarati People enjoyed a lot this time of a festival with the charm of Dandiya dance. Devotion, colorful Pandals (temporary place of worships during festival), traditional dresses, devotional songs and delicious dishes are the attraction of this festival.

It has been listed as the biggest festival in Asia, in terms of devotion,  money as well as the number of people involved in putting together the spectacular show. The real charm of Hindu religions, culture, beliefs, colors of Indians only can see during the Durga Puja.

Now it’s the time when Hindu people waiting and starts the frenzy preparation of this delightful festival.The festival time of Durga Puja starts from the last week of  September to till 4 first week of the October onwards.