7 Best Places To Celebrate Holi 2015
Holi is a religious festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Holi is also known as festival of Colors. Holi in 2015 will start on Friday, the 6th of March and will continue for 2 days until Saturday, the 7th of March, folks of Uttar Pradesh already started out celebrating the wellknown 'Lathmar Holi' in Barsana from 26 February. Time has ultimately come, the festival of Colors and happiness is almost here, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HOLI
Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) in the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu Calendar. In most regions Holi festival is celebrated for two days. The first day is known as Jalanewali Holi - the day when Holi bonfire is done. This day is also known as Chhoti Holi and Holika Dahan. The second day is known as Rangwali Holi - the day when people play with colored powder and colored water. Rangwali Holi which is main Holi day is also known as Dhulandi or Dhulend. The other less popular pronunciations of Dhulandi are Dhuleti, Dhulheti.
On first day bonfires are lit after sunset at Right Holika Dahan Muhurta. Next day in the morning people play Holi with dry and wet colors. People play Holi with dry colored powders which are known as Gulal. However many people feel that Holi celebrations are incomplete without wet colors. Wet color is applied on the face and is made on the spot by mixing little amount of water with dry colored powder. More enthusiastic Holi folk mix dry colored powder in full bucket of water to drench complete body in wet color.
Places related to life of Lord Krishna are known as Braj regions. Although Holi is celebrated across the nation, here are seven places where Holi takes on a whole different dimension. If you love Holi, you'd definitely want to visit them all!
1. Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
The birthplace of Lord Krishna, the Hindu god, is the destination for Holi celebrations, and within the city, Holi Gate is the epicentre of all festivities. On the actual day (which falls on 6 March this year), lengthy procession of colours and track from the temples, along the river to the gate, where men and women from across the nation and even world wide gather.
2. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Just half-an-hour away from Mathura, is Vrindavan — the place where Krishna grew up, and yet another hot spot when it comes to Holi. From the more sophisticated play at the ISKCON temple with dry colours and flowers, there something for everybody. The week-lengthy celebrations at the Banke Bihari temple are legendary.
3. Barsana, Uttar Pradesh
The Lathmar Holi - the traditional Holi festivity in Barsana is world famous. The Lath-Mar Holi is probably the most robust way to celebrate the festival. Here, the men would sing provocative songs to catch the attention of women, who would, in turn, beat them with sticks. According to the legends, Krishna visited his beloved Radha on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offence, the women of Barsana chased him away. Ever since, men from Krishna's village would come to Barsana to play Holi, and the same treatment would be meted to them. Barsana is also said to be the only town with a temple dedicated to Radha.
4. Santiniketan, West Bengal
Known as Basanta Utsav here, unlike UP festivities here are more musical and lyrical. Santiniketan was started by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The day is marked by playing with 'aabeer' (dry vegetable colours), music and dance. Women dress up in the spring colours of yellow and orange, and usually fragrant flower petals are mixed with the colours while playing with each other. Another popular destination for Holi celebrations in West Bengal is Purulia, where special programmes with dance and music are held all through the day.
5. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Like Barsana, the Holla Mohalla at Anandpur Sahib is yet another unique way of celebrating the Indian festival. This is an annual fair that dates back to 1701, when it was first organized by Guru Gobind Singh. Here, instead of playing with colours, members of the community indulge in a demonstration of martial arts and physical agility this includes wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises and turban tying.
6. Jaipur, Rajasthan
Every year in Jaipur, colourfully painted elephants would kick of the Holi celebrations on the eve of the main day. There would be parades, beauty contests, dance formations of elephants! And though this would be a spectacle by itself, it was cancelled after protests by animal rights activists. But even if much of the elephantine activities don't happen, there will be a string of cultural dances and music to celebrate the Hindu festival.
7. Udaipur, Rajasthan
Here the festivities start with the ritual of Holika Dahan, which takes roots in the mythological story of Prahlad. Come here for a regal experience as you join in with the Mewar royal family and the huge bonfire that is symbolic of the burning of Holika. Usually, a magnificent procession — including decorated horses, dancers, musicians and a royal band — starts from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace.
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