When we say ‘Holi’ you usually connect the festival to colours, water balloons, dancing, meeting relatives and friends, a HOLIday and etc. What else can Holi stand for?
Well, you will be surprised how differently Holi is interpreted in various parts of India.
So let’s set off on a Holi journey and introduce you to the different ways this festival is celebrated.
- Barsana Village, Uttar Pradesh
Here Holi is not just about the colours, it’s about the lathi too.
Yes, you heard that right. The women chase men with lathis and the men come prepared for this.
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On the day of Basant Utsav, a day to welcome the spring season; people sing and dance wearing saffron coloured clothes.
While on Dhol Jatra, which is a part of their Holi too, idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are taken to the streets, while people rejoice and celebrate at the same time.
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Holi, also called as Yaosang, is celebrated for 6 days here in Manipur. It starts on the day of the full moon and the main aspect of the festival is the folk dance that is performed.
Here Holi is called Mohalla. On the day various shows are put out that focus on martial art skills and even kushti. Also, the Nihags are seen wearing blue robes, along with swords and spears.
In Jaipur, Holi is celebrated though a range of activities with elephants. This includes a tug of war fought between people and the elephant, elephant polo and an elephant dance.
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So all these Holi Celebrations prove to us on how diverse India is even when it comes to one single festival.
On that note, we hope you all enjoy your Holi today and spread the colours of joy.
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