It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is waiting for the evergreen ‘O rang barse bheege, chunar wali rang barse’ to play in every corner of the city. Holi is a festival of gulaal and colors – where everyone paints each other’s faces and has a joyous time.
India is a land of epic diversities and remarkable cultures, which means that every festival is celebrated with unique fun elements. Read on to know more about how this festival of color is celebrated in different states around India.
Lathmar Holi – Barsana Village, Uttar Pradesh
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As per the myths, Holi was first celebrated in the Barsana region of India. This includes areas like Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana, and Nandgaon. In these areas, Holi is not just celebrated with colors but also with lathis. Here men come prepared to enjoy a bittersweet beating session from women.
Hola Mohalla – Punjab
Known as the warrior of Holi, Hola Mohalla is celebrated in many regions of Punjab. It is observed by Nihang Sikhs and showcases a great exhibition of martial arts and singing from hearts. It is a great show to witness and enjoy Holi in a unique spirit.
Khadi Holi – Kumaon Region, Uttarakhand
Khadi Holi is played in small towns of Uttrakhand, where locals dress up in traditional clothes, sing traditional songs, and dance in groups. They usually move in toils and greets the people that passes by and share happiness. The musical gathering accounts for different versions of Holi like Baithika Holi, Mahila Holi, and Khadi Holi.
Basant Utsav – West Bengal
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The Basant Utsav is usually welcomed during the spring season and on this day a special celebration is organized at Shantiniketan. Young boys and girls dress up in colorful saffron clothes, sing and dance, and have fun throughout the day. Dol Jatra is one of the main parts of Holi festivities and idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are taken to the streets in celebration.
Yaosang – Manipur
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And the Thabal Chongba Dance (video below) which takes place in the night.
In Manipur, Holi festival is celebrated for six days and starts on the day of the full moon and comes with many great Indian traditions. Thabal Chongba is the highlight of the event, Manipuri folk dance is performed, and everyone spend a joyous day together with colors and singing.
Shigmo – Goa
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Shimgo festival is a massive celebration in Goa that is celebrated on the day of Holi. With traditional folk and street dances, the tourists at Goa celebrate this festival with a lot of excitement.
Phaguwa – Bihar
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Everyone knows, Bihar and Holi go hand in hand. The festival is known as Phaguwa in the local Bhojpuri dialect and they light the Holika pyre before starting playing with colors. Bhang is also a part of the Holi celebration in the state.
Manjal Kuli – Kerala
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Let’s go down south to know more about Holi and its celebration around the world. There are communities in the southern part of India that celebrate Holi with distinct names and methods. In Kerala, Holi is often referred to as Manjal Kuli and is celebrated in the Konkani temple.
Even brands are now celebrating Holi! Check out this Adidas advert showcasing their Holi inspired sneakers designed by Pharrell Williams.
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