Holi, the most rambunctious of Hindu celebrations, bids farewell to winter and greets spring in a riot of color. In India, it is appropriately known as the "Festival of Colors" for the rowdy celebrations on Holi's last day.
It represents the joy of living. It's a day of forgiveness, friendship, unity, and equality. It also commemorates the triumph of virtue over evil. Holi is divided into two celebrations: Holika Dahan and Dhulivandan (Rangwali Holi).
It is a loud event in which folks hurl handfuls of colored powder (gulal) at each other while getting drenched in water. There are several locations where large Holi festivities may be witnessed.
Continue reading to discover the famous places to travel to this Holi.
While Holi is celebrated all over India, some places are particularly famous for their unique and grand celebrations.
Let's take a look at some of these places and what makes them special:
The celebration here is called "Dulhandi." The residents congregate on Dhulandi, spreading brilliant paints on each other with zeal, painting the Pink City in a rainbow of joyous hues as if it were a canvas. People visit each other's houses as darkness falls, exchanging greetings and delight while indulging in delicacies, thandai (occasionally with Bhang), and light talk.
From Vishram Ghat to Holi Gate, a colorful procession of youngsters costumed as Radha and Krishna ride chariots through the streets of the town. Dwarkadhish Temple is hosting grand festivities. But, before visiting the temple, you may visit Vishram Ghat to witness how bhang is made and even drink a glass.
Holi is celebrated here with great zeal and is known as "Lathmar Holi." Women beat men with sticks (lathis) in this celebration while singing Holi songs. This is done in remembrance of an incident from Lord Krishna's life where the women of his village chased him for stealing their butter. Book your tickets from tours and travels in Kolkata and travel to this amazing place in Holi.
Phoolon Wali Holi is celebrated in Vrindavan on the day of Holika Dahan, which falls on the day of Ekadashi according to the Hindu lunar calendar. By 4 p.m., the gates of the famed Banke Bihari Temple are opened, allowing a swarm of people to enter and enjoy a variety of flowers tossed at them by priests.
Three days before Holi, locals of Purulia celebrate customarily. The Holi parties in Kolkata revolve around Bandhar Deul, an 8th-century temple. Purulia's Holi celebrations include Chau dance, Natua dance, Darbari Jhumur, and Baul artists' songs. At Purulia's Holi/Dol festivities, remember to drink Mohua, the indigenous beverage.
Holi festivities in Hampi take place around the remains of the magnificent Vijayanagara Empire, beginning with the Holika Dahan bonfire the night before and lasting all day with colors, shouts, and drumbeats. A bath in the river Tungabhadra is said to wash away the color and your sins.
Holi is known as the 'Dol Jatra' in West Bengal. People here commemorate this day by carrying the idols of Radha and Krishna on a Palki (Palanquin) and playing with Abir (Gulal). On this day, it is customary for young individuals to seek blessings from elders by painting their feet. If you want to witness the Holi filled with youth colors, book your vehicle from companies providing self-drive car rental Kolkata to drive through the city.
Holi is not just a festival of colors but a celebration of unity, joy, and love. It transcends all caste, creed, and religious barriers and brings people together in harmony and camaraderie.
As we celebrate Holi, let us remember its message - to spread love and happiness and promote goodwill and harmony among all. Let us make this festival a symbol of hope and positivity and strive to carry its spirit throughout the year. Happy Holi to all!