One of the widely known Indian festivals is called Holi, and it is celebrated with colors and joy. Every year, from the end of February to the middle of March, Indians celebrate Holi as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, as depicted in mythical tales. The Holi event will begin on March 7 and end on March 8 in 2023. Yet, there are several ways to celebrate Holi in the various parts of India where this festival lasts for longer than a week.
India is a diverse country, so understanding how people celebrate Holi uniquely across the nation is fascinating. Lathmar Holi, Dol Jatra, Phaguwa, Rang Panchmi/Shigmo, Yaosang, Baithaki/Khadi, Manjal Kuli/Ukuli, Basant Utsav, and Dola are a few well-known variations of Holi in India.
Here is the list of different Holi celebrations:
The Lathmar Holi Festival is a unique and well-known way to celebrate Holi in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. The place where Lord Krishna was born is where Lathmar Holi of Barsana is mostly celebrated. People from Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgoan, and Barsana all get together to celebrate Holi with Lathis and colors made from Kesudo and Palash flowers.
The place that is already known as "Pink City" is a joy to look at on the happy day of Holi because it is covered in many colors, not just pink. Every year, the royals of the City Palace in Jaipur hold a big event in their condo. This makes both the people who live there and the foreign tourists even more excited about Holi. During this festival, people get to paint the royal family with different colors, so a lot of people visit Jaipur every year.
Dhulandi is a big party in the state of Haryana that honors the bond between a sister-in-law and her husband (brother-in-law). When they pull pranks on each other and make each other mad, it's like they're partners in crime. On this special day, Bhabhis have a chance to pull their Devars around and act like they are angry. This is how they get their own back for the tricks they play. Aside from the fact that smearing colors and splashing water is a tradition, the real point of Holi is to bring color and joy to a life that is usually dull.
Phoolon Ki Holi
On the Ekadashi of Holi week, the Krishna followers play a game called "Phoolon ki Holi" with fresh flower petals at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. The place is beautiful because it smells of flowers and has a beautiful view that takes you to a different world. Phoolon ki Holi is more about connecting with the God of love and joy by showering him with flowers than it is about playing Holi with colors and water.
The Indian province of Odisha has a coastal area that celebrates Dola Holi. In the rest of India, Holi celebrations only last two days, but in Dola, they last five to seven days. The Dola holiday starts on Falgun Dashmi when everyone takes their gods on a Yatra and gives them Bhog.
Holi is celebrated as Phagunwa in the Bhojpuri language of the Indian province of Bihar. Folk songs, Thandai and Gunjiyas, and never-ending fun with family and friends are all part of Phagunwa Holi.
Holi is celebrated during Basant or spring. In West Bengal, people embrace Basant Ritu with open arms. During Basant Utsav, they wear yellow clothes and play Holi with Gulaal all day. Also, in Bengal, the Dol is an important part of the Holi celebration. On the main day, there is a religious procession called Dola Yatra. Along with the procession, people play with spray paint and a colored powder called Abira. It is a sight that brings joy, pleasure, and happiness.
Shigmo Holi is a way that people in the Indian state of Goa celebrate Holi. It is one of the most important celebrations for farmers as they welcome spring. Every year, the Shigmo Utsava is celebrated for 14 days with great pomp and show. Shigmo is one of Goa's traditional celebrations, and it is very different from the other carnivals in the area.
During those times, the whole valley was covered in bright colors. Young people take part in this by building Yaosang, which are bamboo huts on the side of the road. A Brahmin puts an idol of Lord Chaitanya in the hut (Devotee). People do puja and chant bhajans and kirtans. On the last day, the idols are taken away and the hut is burned while people chant "Hari Bola" and "He Hari."
Holi is called Baithaki or Khadi Holi in Uttrakhand. People get together in their traditional clothes, sing traditional songs, and walk around the city in Toils. People wish each other well by smearing colors on their faces. Holi is a colorful and fun festival in Uttrakhand.
Holi is also called Rang Panchmi in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Holika Dahan takes place on the day before Holi is celebrated. This is also a famous ritual and it starts with setting fire on a pile of wood. It is believed that all negative energies go away with the rituals of Holika Dahan. The next day, people play with colors that are wet and dry and move to the beat of the music.