Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in every part of India. Every year we celebrate holi in the month of Falgun. It signifies the arrival of spring and victory of good over evil. Also known as the “Festival of colors”. Everyone looks the same coated with colors.The dash of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity.
The best places to celebrate Holi events in India depends on your interest. Here are the places with totally different celebrations which will make your day worth rejoicing.
1. Barsana, Uttar Pradesh: Lathmar Holi
In Barsana, celebrations begins around a week before Holi festival. Barsana is a village near Mathura, where Radha used to live. Lord Krishna from his village used to go to Barsana to color her. The girls used to beat him with sticks playfully. From this concept the tradition of Lathmar Holi came.
2. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Holi with flowers
The Banke Bihari Temple on the day before Holi is decorated with thousands of flowers. The priests throw colors and holy waters on the crowds. They celebrate with different colored flowers, natural abeer colors mixed with sandalwood powder so it is called as Phoolon wali Holi. Food like pani puri, jalebis, imartis, lal pedas, aloo tikki, kachori, gulab jamuns, lassi are also important when it comes to celebration in Mathura. Also, bhang which is legal in the city is served in the form of thandai.
3. Shantiniketan, West Bengal
A pilgrimage for art, culture and dance, Shantiniketan has always attracted many from different parts of the world for its Basanta Utsav (celebration of spring), the annual Bengali festival to celebrate Holi. Women dress in traditional yellow sari, palash flower. The artsy communities sing and dance to the tunes of Rabindra Sangeet in the campus. Baul singers sing and mesmerize you with “Baul gaan”, which is a major attraction here.
4. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Holla Mohalla is a 300 year old annual Sikh festival in Anandpur Sahib. This three-day festival celebrated a day after Holi. It includes mock battles followed by music and poetry competitions. The festival commences with early morning prayers and Akhand Path. Langars are organized by the local people as a part of seva. Nihang Jatthas, or Warrior Groups of Sikhs, perform daring feats, such as Gatka, tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses and various other feats of bravery.
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan
In Udaipur, city of Palaces and Lakes there is a grand two-day royal celebration in the palace with the descendants of the royal family. The royal family would light the pious fire. Local folks perform Gair, a traditional dance taking rounds around Holika Dahan. There is also a royal dinner with traditional mouth licking delicacies. The next day the entire city celebrates Holi with colors and water balloons and flowers.