Manipur Yaoshang (Holi) Celebration :

Manipur is the city of festivals, happiness and amusement. There are so many festivals celebrated in Manipur all over the year. According to Manipuri’s, festival represents their cultural, religious and social objectives. All these things help them in enjoying a better life by providing emotional outlet, physical diversions and mental recreation.

Holi is a festival of colors and is one of the most fun-filled Hindu festivals. People enjoy this festival by throwing colored water and colored water on each other. It will be very interesting to know about the Holi celebration in Manipur.

Here, this festival starts on full moon day of Phalguna and celebration continues for five days. Here, Holi is also amalgamated with Yaosang festival. On the first day of festival, people burn the thatched hut of twigs and hay. On first two days, young children collect money from homes as their gifts known as Nakadeng. On the next day, boys make groups and play color with girls and this gives chance of extracting money to girls from boys for playing Holi with them. Playing with colors is full of fun and it makes life colorful.

In temples, devotees wear traditional yellow and white turbans and sing songs in devotion of Lord Krishna. They also play colors in front of temple. On the last day of the festival, people go to the main Krishna temple located near Imphal. There also, celebration is done by performing cultural activities.

‘Thabal Chonga’ which is a special Manipuri dance is also coupled with this festival. Youth perform this dance on the full moon night. Earlier only dholak or drum was allowed to execute this special dance but now modern bands are also used. This dance is performed by youth boys and girls on all the six days of Holi festival.  So, especially for tourists, it is really pleasing to visit Manipur at the time of Holi.

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Holi Festival In India :

Holi is a festival that has been celebrated in India for ages; it is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in India. It is celebrated with grandeur in many parts of the country, and some neighbouring countries too, celebrate it, influenced by Indian culture. Holi in India is all about huge bonfires, colours, lots of singing and dancing, and about enjoying delicious sweets. But there is story behind each and every aspect of Holi that is celebrated here.

Holi is played as a celebration of triumph of good over evil. The bonfires that are burnt symbolize the demoness Holika who get burnt trying to kill Prahlad, while Prahlad comes out of fire unscathed. This event signifies the victory of good over evil, and about wonders that a true devotion can do. Holi is also a celebration of love between Lord Krishna and

Legends of Radha-Krishna

Legends of Radha-Krishna

Radha, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm in some parts of India. These mix of legends and traditions add colour to the festival and make it more fascinating.

Where there is a tradition of burning holikas, and playing with colours in Maharashtra, there is a tradition of taking out idols of RadhaKrishna in palanquin and worshipping it in Bihar.

In barsana, the birth place of Radha, the celebration are somewhat unique, here the men from nandgaon have to hoist a flag on a temple. The women have to prevent the men from doing this by use of sticks, on the next day there is play of colours and lots of fun.

Thus each and every part of India celebrates Holi in their unique ways. Where there are bhajans, devotional songs, being played somewhere, other places had singing and dancing as a celebration. Thus mixing the different traditions and customs the festival of Holi is celebrated with great excitement, vigour and fun. This is one of those festivals which keep the Indian society bounded by love.

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