Dol Purnima Utsav at Bengal :
The only occasion when you can drench someone in colour and get away with is during the festival of Holi. Holi is the festival of colours celebrated in the country of India. This festival is celebrated in different parts of country with slightly different customs and traditions but the theme and the significance of the festival remains the same. Holi is called as ‘Dol jatra’ in Bengal and is celebrated in with great vigour and enthusiasm.
Holi is known by the name of ‘Dol Jatra’, ‘Dol Purnima’ or the ‘Swing Festival’. Celebrated on the Dol Purnima day in the early morning, the people of Bengal dress up in saffron-coloured clothes and wear garlands of fragrant flowers. People generally participate in huge numbers for these festivities. They sing and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments like ektara, dubri, veena, etc. It is a beautiful sight to watch and wonderful feeling to be part of it.
Holi is celebration of the love between Lord Krishna and Radha. The festival is celebrated in a dignified manner by placing the idols of Krishna and Radha on a picturesquely decorated palanquin which is then taken round the main streets of the city or the village. The devotees take turns to swing them while women dance around the swing and sing devotional songs. While these things are going on others spray colours, colourful water on each other’s, and on the people who are dancing. The whole atmosphere is electric with joy and devotion of the devotees.
People pray to Lord Krishna and Agnidev, god of fire, and observe fast. After all the traditional rituals are over, they smears Krishna’s idol with gulal and offers “bhog“(food) to both Krishna and Agnidev. The bhog generally consists of traditional sweet dishes like malpoa, kheer sandesh etc. In Shantiniketan, Holi is celebrated in a special way, with devotees showing their devotion by singing, it is very musical.