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How Is Holi Celebrated In Different Parts Of India?

Neha Gupta Mittal
1 to 3 years

Created by Neha Gupta Mittal
Updated on Mar 01, 2018

How Is Holi Celebrated In Different Parts Of India

Holi is the festival of faith winning over mistrust. When Holika, the enchantress was burnt alive in the lit pyre, and Prahlad came out unscathed, the world saw the divine presence of Lord Vishnu. Holi celebration in India is marked with spirituality when we pray to the fire, energy when we color each other and mischief when we run behind each other with that is why we say we ‘PLAY’ Holi.

When & Where is Holi festival celebrated in India – Holi is celebrated on two days every year. In 2018, the Holi Festival will be on March 1 and 2. The date is as per the Hindu calendar, so it changes every year as it is observed on the full moon day of Phagun month – the 12th and the last month. It also marks the beginning of spring season.

Though the historic relevance is the same Holi traditions across India have their own variations depending on the local community culture. It is rather difficult to sum up the experience in one blog; however here is a glimpse of some typical ways of playing Holi in India -

Places to celebrate Holi Festival in India

North India

Holi is celebrated in every nook and corner. Especially the Holi of Barsana, Vrindavan and Mathura gathers a lot of attention from media every year. In Barsana they play Lath Maar Holi, where women beat up men with sticks and men protect themselves with shields.

In Punjab they hold a three day festival to celebrate Holi called Hola Mohalla. The participants perform daring feats, such as Gatka (mock encounters with real weapons), tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses and various other feats of bravery.

West India

Goa celebrates Holi for the longest time. It is called Shigmostav and it is spread over a fortnight. There are parades and cultural dramas. A large number of locals & tourists gather on the shores to play with colors. Jaipur has this famous royal Elephant festival that kicks off on the day of Holi. This festival begins with the huge and enthralling procession of heavily decorated royal elephants. Elephant polo, Elephant race, the tug-of-war between Elephant and 19 men and women are the special features of this grand festival.

Mumbai in Maharashtra boasts of stylish parties with dress codes and gifts. Largely Holi in Mumbai is characterized by Bollywood starts holding Holi bashes at their residences and farmhouses. South India.

Hampi in Karnataka attracts many foreign tourists. People gather in the streets to splash colors and dancing to the drum beats followed by a nice dip in the Tungabhadra River. In Shantiniketan in West Bengal, the students of Vishva Bharati celebrate Basanta Utsav in very special way. Students dress up in yellow color and present some wonderful folk dances and cultural programs followed by the throwing of colours.

East India

In East India Manipur holds the Yaoshang festival for 5 days to celebrate Holi. The main attraction is the Thabal Chongba- a traditional moonlight dance. The dance takes place in accompaniment of musical equipment’s like drums, saxophone and flute.

Holi celebration in different parts of India in unique ways adds more color to this vibrant festival.

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