Holi is a well-known Indian festival that is celebrated with colours and joy. It is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and it is observed from the end of February to the middle of March. This year Holi is on March 7th and 8th In India. However, in many places, Holi is celebrated differently and sometimes the celebration lasts for a week.
Here are some unique Holi celebrations in India:
This type of Holi is celebrated in the Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. People from different parts of Uttar Pradesh come together to celebrate Holi with Lathis and colours made from Kesudo and Palash flowers.
This Holi celebration takes place in the city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The royals of the City Palace in Jaipur hold a big event in their condo where people get to paint the royal family with different colours.
This type of Holi is celebrated in the state of Haryana and honours the bond between a sister-in-law and her husband’s younger brother (her brother-in-law). On this special day, Bhabhis have a chance to pull their Devars around and act like they are angry.
Phoolon Ki Holi
This Holi celebration takes place on the Ekadashi of Holi week, and it involves playing a game called "Phoolonki Holi" with fresh flower petals at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. Devotees play Holi with Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.
This type of Holi is celebrated in the Indian province of Odisha, and it lasts for five to seven days. The Dola holiday starts on FalgunDashmi when everyone takes their gods on a Yatra and gives them Bhog.
This Holi celebration is known 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.
This Holi celebration takes place in the Indian state of West Bengal, where people embrace BasantRitu with open arms. During BasantUtsav, they
wear yellow clothes and play Holi with Gulaal all day.
This type of Holi is celebrated in the Indian state of Goa, where farmers welcome spring. The ShigmoUtsava is celebrated for 14 days with great pomp and show.
This Holi celebration takes place in the Indian state of Manipur, where young people build Yaosang 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.
In Uttarakhand, Holi is known as Baithaki or Khadi Holi. People gather together in their traditional clothes, sing traditional songs, and walk around the city in processions. They smear colours on each other's faces and wish each other well. The festival is a lively and colourful celebration of the arrival of spring in Uttarakhand.
In Maharashtra, Holi is called Rang Panchami. The festival is preceded by HolikaDahan, where a pile of wood is set on fire to symbolize the victory of good over evil. The next day, people play with colours that are wet and dry and move to the beat of the music. It is a joyous celebration of colours and music.
West Bengal celebrates Holi as BasantUtsava or DolJatra. Women wear yellow, which symbolizes the colour of spring and represents plenty. Colours and music are used to celebrate the rich Bengali culture. The festival is an occasion to forget past grievances, renew relationships, and enjoy the spirit of togetherness.