Holi is the festival of colors and it is famous in all over the world, it is celebrated as a good on evil. It is a Hindu Spring and unique festival which is celebrated all over the world with several colors, loud music, traditional dances and of course the forceful scrubbing of bright gulal and abeer on friends and relatives.
As the fact has already spread that India is a diverse country with different festivals and fairs. Each state has the different way to celebrate the same festival and same goes with Holi, in each state and district they have their own style to celebrate the culture with own beliefs. So in this article, we will introduce with India more on the festival of Holi how local celebrate in different states.
How Holi Celebrate in Different States of India:
Krishna Leela at Mathura and Vrindavan
Holi is really very special for Mathura as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and over here only he raised. Here local believe that festival was originated by Lord Krishna and they give their devotion to the different temples and celebrate this festival with full joy and happiness. The famous Krishan Leela or Raas Leela, which is widely popular in all over the world as the dramatization of Krishna courting the beautiful Radha, his paramour, are played out and people throw buckets which are used to be filled with flowers and dry colors and people use to chant loud as Radhe Radhe. After that, all play Holi with colors gulal and enjoy the festival.
Lath Maar Holi in Barsane
In Barsane there is a different way to celebrate the festival, it is 50 kilometers North of Mathura. Their celebration is totally unique, there Holi festival is known as Laath Mar. In this by the use of a Lath or bamboo stick by the women. the act of coloring one another takes on a very coquettish form here with men rushing towards women to drench them in colored water and women staving their efforts with the use of these handy laths. This festival is a must watch festival as it is full of fun.
Khadi Holi – Kumaon Region, Uttarakhand
Khadi Holi is played in the main towns of Uttrakhand. As per the celebration, locals use to wear the traditional clothes and they use to sing the Karo songs and dance in the groups. They move from one place to other in TOLI and greet the people as they pass by. Holi is usually celebrated as a musical gathering in different versions which is popular as Baithika Holi, Khadi Holi, and Mahila Holi.
In Punjab, it is called as the warrior Goli and it is celebrated in Punjab. It is observed by Nihang Sikhs. Before the day of Holi, they exhibit material arts and, it is sing by their hearts out on this day.
Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra- West Bengal
It is the way to welcome the spring season. On this day a special celebration use held at Shantiniketan. According to the celebration, boys and girls use to dress up in Saffron colored clothes and with joy and happiness they use to sing and dance. Dol Patra is the part of the main Holi festivals.
This festival is a massive spring festival celebration in Goa. This festival is among one of the major festivals of Hindu’s . In Goa everyone uses to celebrate it with full joy and enthusiast locals even tourists use to celebrate this festival with excitement. Traditional folk and street dances are done by farmers.
Yaosang – Manipur
In Manipur this festival is celebrated for six days. This festival starts celebrating on the day of full moon and it combines Hindu and indigenous traditions. The main aspect of this festival is Thabal chongba, a Manipuri folk dance that is performed during it. To add the fun and tradition Locals adds color too.
Manjal Kuli – Kerala
In south India, the festival Holi doesn’t get any preference as in North. In the southern part, Especially in Kerala Holi use to celebrate with the different name and in a different way. Holi is known as Manjal Kuli and it is celebrated in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.
Phaguwa – Bihar
In Bihar, this festival is known as a Phaguwa but the way of celebration is same. Whereas, in Bihar, it is imperative to light the Holika pyre before playing the festival. Afterwards, Holi is played with water, folk songs local use to sing and play with water and powdered colors. In this festival, Bhang is really an imperative part of it.
Phakuwah – Assam
In Assam, holi is known as a Phagwah. It is familiar to Bengal’s ‘Dol Jatra’. This festival celebrates for two days as in other parts of India, first day they use to burn Holika and on the second day they use to play it with colors.
Rang Panchami – Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh
In Maharashtra, Holi is celebrated as most fun way. Over here color celebrations use to take place on the 5th day after Holika Dahan and this day is known as Ranga Panchami.
Royal Holi – Udaipur, Rajasthan
In Udaipur, all the locals gather together and light bonfire and they believe to get rid of evil spirits in the Holika Dahan.
Elephant Festival and Holi in Jaipur
In the capital of Rajasthan, it is a majestic affair with the popular elephant festival, which uses to held before Holi. On this auspicious day, caparisoned elephants are led in a magnificent procession through the streets of Jaipur and later several entertainment activities use to held which is known as elephant polo, Tug of war and elephant races. At the end of the festival as it ends by playing the colors and a fireworks display. This festival is a main tourist attraction of the city.
So, Through this celebration again India proves that India is a country of the festival and everyone celebrates it with unity. On Holi all over India becomes colorful and beautiful, all celebrate it with full joy and happiness. So, let’s celebrate this holi with Handicrunch with big deals and offers on Handicraft products.