Holi,, the festival of love and colors is celebrated with full enthusiasm and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Falgun. This spring festival is a symbol of triumph of good over evil and the joys of Holi Knows no bound. Ranging from traditional rituals and culture to modern DJ, one can experience the diversity in the celebration of India. With EasyTravelDeal, explore some of the best places to celebrate Holi in India.
Do you know the women of Barsana village beat up men from neighbouring Nandgaon village with long bamboo sticks known as Lathmar Holi celebrations? The best part of this celebration is that men are not allowed to fight back but can try to keep them off by sprinkling colors on them. This year the celebration is going to start from March 17, 2016. It is advisable to visit Barsana before a couple of days, to experience the Laddoo Holi festivities there.
Mathura and Vrindavan
What’s better than celebrating Holi on the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura or at Vrindavan where he spent his childhood?? Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami i.e. 40 days before the main Holi day. The legendary week long celebrations are held in Vrindavan which is culminate with the throwing of colors on Dhulendi. Don’t forget to see the colorful Holi procession that starts from Vishram Ghat and finishes near Holi Gate in Mathura. The best place to catch the throwing of colors on Dhuleti is Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura.
ShantiNiketan, West Bengal
Inspired by spring and colors of Holi, Rabindranath Tagore started the Basanta Utsav in Shanti Niketan where students dress up in spring colors and a huge cultural program where people welcome Spring with colours, songs, dance, chanting of hymns in the serene ambiance of Shantiniketan.
Purulia, West Bengal
3 days Basanta Utsav folk festival takes place in the Purulia district, West Bengal where one can enjoy a wide variety of unique folk art including Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and songs of West Bengal’s wandering Baul musicians.
Jaipur – Rajasthan
Every year on Holi eve an Elephant Festival kicks off in Jaipur where Brightly decorated elephants adorned with scarves, embroidered head-plates, velvet parasols, ear danglers, gold embroidered rugs and large anklets parade through the streets accompanied with elephant beauty contests, folk dances, and tug-of-war between elephants.
Beawar – Rajasthan
In Beawar, a small town situated about 185 km south west of Jaipur in Rajasthan, Events like ‘Koda marr Holi’ and ‘Badshah ki sawari’ are celebrated in Holi. In Koda Maar Holi, Men who throw colour or water are whipped by their victims. While men enjoy the punishment, the women too seem to love inflicting it. People take part in a colourful procession Badshah ki Sawari on the occasion of Holi.
Explore these beautiful places and celebrate Holi in the most beautiful and authentic way!!