5 places in India to celebrate Holi like pro!
Holi is a colorful festival that brings the feeling of love, joy, celebrations, and closeness among the people. It also marks the entry of spring in India just after the winter season. Therefore, Holi is also known as Rang Panchami. A much-celebrated festival of India, not just Diwali; Holi too marks the end of bad over evil. There are many legends related to Holi. One legend says that the demon King Hiranyakashyap demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his very own son, Prahlad became a follower of Lord Vishnu. Thus, frustrated King asked his sister ‘Holika’ to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made him resistant to fire. The story goes that Prahlad was saved by the Lord himself for his extreme devotion and the demon sister Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she penetrated the fire alone. Thus Holi has adopted its name from Holika itself. People celebrate this festival with colours, sweets, drinks and a lot of Love! Here are a few places in India where you can celebrate this festival like a pro! So, read till the end and gear up to where to head this Holi.
Where to head at Holi?
Barsana, Uttar Pradesh:
Indian men get ready to be disappointed, as Nandgaon and Barsana near Mathura are the sole places in India where females take up the gear! In Mathura, Lathmar Holi is celebrated where females of the house hit men with the stick whereas men have the to save themselves using a stick. It is highly advised for solo female travelers not to head here alone, as the things get little twisted when men go around molesting. However, this festival is a must-visit for people who don’t know about Lathmar HOLI. It is an amazing festival which you should definitely check out once!
Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh:
Things in Mathura and Vrindavan get a lot more interesting exactly 40 days before the main day Holi. The town is lit with lights, colors and flowers as the temple around go out celebrating Holi like a boss. Sri Krishna Janmasthan temple at Mathura does a much-celebrated show a week before Holi. This week-long celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan is also a cherry on the cake as it culminates with the throwing of colors in the morning on the day before Holi followed by flowers in the evening. So, if you haven’t checked this out yet, what are you waiting for?
Shantiniketan, West Bengal:
Celebrations of Holi at Shantiniketan as Basanta Utsav started in West Bengal by Rabindra Nath Tagore. Students of Vishva Bharati University dress up in spring color clothes and organize several different cultural programs for the visitors including traditional dances on Tagore’s songs which is followed by throwing colors around. The Basanta Utsav of Holi is much celebrated of West Bengal which attracts various foreign tourists each year.
Purulia, West Bengal:
Almost for three days, the Basanta Utsav folk festival takes place in West Bengal. The festival takes place and lead up to Holi where you will get to enjoy and sing and play Holi with the locals of the area as well as enjoy a wide variety of folk arts around the town. The remarkable Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and folklore of West Bengal is where the wandering Baul musicians finds a home to. The festival takes place from March 8 to 10, cheap accommodation is provided to the visitors whereas portable toilets are arranged all around the town.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab:
Experience the Sikh style Holi at Hola Mohalla which is an annual fair that dates back all the way to 1701. Started by Guru Gobind Singh is a warrior festival where instead of throwing colours people demonstrate physical fights! Crazy enough to blow your mind this festival brings a hoard of unusualities! Various programs such as wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises, and turban tying take place at this annual event.
So, here is the complete checklist of must-visit places on Holi, whichever place suits you best- go check that out! From Dj’s, Bhaang to a variety of colors, one can find almost all the traits of joy on the much-celebrated festival of India- Holi!