“HAPPY HOLI TO ALL 9byhalf Viewers”
It is that time of the year when there are colors all around. Holi, one of the most vibrant festivals of India is just around the corner and there is an atmosphere of excitement all around. Holi, the festival of colors, is just around the corner.
there are several kinds of Holi’s that we are unaware about. Let’s have a look at the many facets and the regional uniqueness of Holi celebrations in India.
Lathmar Holi , Uttar Pradesh
Lathmar Holi is a very interesting approach to the festival of colors. Women are equipped with lathis or canes and hit men or boys playfully during this celebration. According to myths, Holi began in the Barsana region of India, which includes Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. The men come prepared with a dhal or shield. All of this is supposedly done in humour and not aggressively.
Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra (west bengal)
The Basant Utsav is a way to welcome the spring season. Holi in West Bengal is celebrated as Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra. On the Basant Utsav women primarily dress in the yellow colour which signifies the colour of abundance. The best place to catch a glimpse of the Basant Utsav would be Shantiniketan in Bolpur, the epicentre of Bengali cultural richness. Dol Jatra is a part of the main Holi festivities. On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession. To add to the fun, men spray water and colours at this procession.
Bihar and Holi go hand in hand. The festival is known as Phaguwa in the local Bhojpuri dialect. Holika Dahan is also an integral part of the initiation of the Holi celebration where a pyre is lighted on fire by the locals a night before Holi. The Most important Thing is they all celebrates the Holi only with the Dry & Natural Colors. This Is the Most Significant thing in the Holi pattern of Bihar.
Hola Mohalla (punjab)
Hola Mohalla is actually celebrated a day after the Holi. It is more of a celebration of the bravery of Sikh warriors and is characteristic to a particular sect known as the Nihang Sikhs. They exhibit martial arts, and sing their hearts out on this day, that is usually celebrated a day before Holi.
Ranga Panchami (Madhya Pradesh)
Colour celebrations take place on the 5th day after Holika dahan and is known as Ranga Panchami. Rang Panchami is the day when people indulge in playing with dry and wet colours. The festivities last for as long as a week in this part of the country.
Royal Holi (Rajasthan)
The celebrations here are known to be truly grand and are organized by the royal Mewar family of Udaipur. The fancy procession includes decorated horses and the royal band. Later, the traditional sacred fire is lit and an effigy of Holika is burnt. There is a fancy procession as part of the festivities and it includes several decorated horses and the royal band.
Colors form an integral part of the celebration. Let us all celebrate this festival with the same spirit. Happy Holi everyone.
“be a safe & happy holi”