India is a case in point for unity in diversity. India’s unique and diverse festival celebrations one of a kind in the entire world as well. The colourful festival of Holi is just around the corner and thus the fun and frolic can already be observed and sensed in the air. Different regions celebrate Holi in their own unique and varied ways. If you travel from one state to another chances are that you will find Holi being celebrated in a totally different manner. From traditional Holi in the divine land of Vrindavan to state of the art modern celebrations in New Delhi, the stark difference has to be seen to be believed. So if you are bored with the Holi celebrations in your region or want to explore the diversity, then here are a few locations which will stun you with the sheer magnificence and grandeur of its Holi celebrations.
Delhi – The national capital of Delhi surely knows how to party and celebrate a festival whole heartedly, and Holi is no different. The capital celebrates the most unique and modern version of Holi in the nation. Latest Bollywood tunes, DJs churning foot tapping dance numbers and a plethora of colours constitute amazing dance functions held in Delhi. Various popular artistes are generally invited to perform at the functions as well.
Udaipur and Jaipur – Udaipur and Jaipur are known for their royal style Holi celebrations. In Udaipur, and particularly in its Mewar Royal Palace, Holi commences with procession of embellished royal horses. This is generally followed by a grand bonfire ceremony also known as the Holika Dahan. While on the other hand Jaipur’s Holi celebrations are all about war, contests, colours and elephants procession.
Barsana – While discussing glorious Holi celebrations in the country it is impossible to forget the Lathmar Holi i.e. Holi with sticks of Barsana region in Mathura. Barsana is the birthplace of Radha and thus naturally has a keen likeness and interest in Holi celebrations. Men from the nearby all important village of Nandgaon try to sneak in Barsana in order to raise their flag at the beautiful Radhika Ji Temple. However, the women of Barsana prevent them from doing so and bash them up with hard wooden sticks, all in the joyous and playful spirit of Holi. If you want to cherish and experience Lathmar Holi, you need to be there at minimum of two days before Holi.
Shantiniketan – Started by the great and world renowned Bengali Poet Rabindranath Tagore, Holi at Shantiniketan, West Bengal is better known as Basant Utsav. Celebrated in the joyous and delightful spirit of the spring season, Basant Utsav involves foot tapping Holi music and dance, colourful cultural program and playing with variety of colours. It is also the day of the annual function in the famous Vishva Bharati University.
Vrindavan and Mathura– Being Lord Krishna’s birthplace and the blessed place where he spent his childhood days, Mathura and Vrindavan have still kept the traditional and original essence of Holi alive. Pre Holi celebrations start from Basant Panchami and continue till the actual eve of Holi. Long and beautiful religious processions, loud soulful music and colour drenched atmosphere mark the Holi festivities of this area of lords own abode. Religious ceremonies at the Banke Bihari Temple commence almost a week prior to Holi.
So have some colourful and safe fun this Holi. You and your loved one’s deserve it.