Types Of Holi Celebrated in India

April 21, 2017


  • Lathmar Holi – a centuries-old practice that gives a free hand to women to beat up their men for a day – kicked off in Barsana amidst colorful and raucous celebrations. It is a highlight of the Holi festivities in Brajbhoomi – land of Krishna and Radha, the Lathmar Holi draws from a local legend that says that Krishna visited his beloved Radha on this day and teased her and her friends. In retaliation, the women chased him away.

  • The Basant Utsav is a way to welcome the spring season. On this day, there is a special celebration at Shantiniketan. Boys and girls dress up in saffron colored clothes, sing and dance to celebrate this festival. On the other hand, Dol Jatra is a part of the main Holi festivities. On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession. To add to the fun, men spray water and colors at this procession.

  • Shigmo- parade is a street festival filled with colors, music, dance and float parade. This is a major festival of Hindus and is also a massive spring celebration in Goa. It is one of the major festivals of Hindus.

    Traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on the streets with extensive lights and sound effects in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa.

  • Down south, Holi isn’t as popular as it is in North India. However, some communities in south celebrate Holi, but with distinct traditions and names.People get themselves sprayed with colored water and dance to traditional Kerala percussion. The ceremony is called Manjakkuli and is celebrated in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.

    People get themselves sprayed with colored water and dance to traditional Kerala percussion. The ceremony is called Manjakkuli and is celebrated in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.

  • Phagwah is Assam’s name for Holi. It is similar to Bengal’s ‘Dol Jatra’. However, here the festival is celebrated over two days. On the 1st day, clay huts are burnt signifying the legend of Holika dahan. On the 2nd day, the locals celebrate it with colours just like everyone else!

  • Holi in Rajasthan is a majestic affair with the popular Elephant Festival, which takes place a day before Holi. On this day, caparisoned elephants are led in a magnificent procession through the streets of Jaipur and are later involved in various entertaining activities including elephant polo, elephant races and a tug of war. The festivities end with the playing of colors and a fireworks display. The festival is a huge draw for tourists to the city.

  • Most people in Maharashtra know this festival by the name of Shimga or Rangpanchami. Unlike the northern states, it is celebrated after five days of Phalgun Purnima.

    One of the main attractions of the festival is the sport of pot breaking. The sport has its roots since the times of Lord Krishna.The festival is celebrated with equal enthusiasm and vigor in the western side of the country as well.

Lathmar Holi – a centuries-old practice that gives a free hand to women to beat up their men for a day – kicked off in Barsana amidst colorful and raucous celebrations. It is a highlight of the Holi festivities in Brajbhoomi – land of Krishna and Radha, the Lathmar Holi draws from a local legend that says that Krishna visited his beloved Radha on this day and teased her and her friends. In retaliation, the women chased him away.
The Basant Utsav is a way to welcome the spring season. On this day, there is a special celebration at Shantiniketan. Boys and girls dress up in saffron colored clothes, sing and dance to celebrate this festival. On the other hand, Dol Jatra is a part of the main Holi festivities. On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession. To add to the fun, men spray water and colors at this procession.
The Basant Utsav is a way to welcome the spring season. On this day, there is a special celebration at Shantiniketan. Boys and girls dress up in saffron colored clothes, sing and dance to celebrate this festival. On the other hand, Dol Jatra is a part of the main Holi festivities. On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession. To add to the fun, men spray water and colors at this procession.

Shigmo- parade is a street festival filled with colors, music, dance and float parade. This is a major festival of Hindus and is also a massive spring celebration in Goa. It is one of the major festivals of Hindus.

Traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni and Fugdi are performed on the streets with extensive lights and sound effects in massive troupes along the procession, showcasing the tradition of Goa.

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