Dol Yatra also known as Doljatra or Dolotsav is a popular festival celebrated with great enthusiasm and zest in the Eastern regions of India. The Dol Yatra celebrations are particularly famous in West Bengal and Orissa.

Dol Yatra festival in Bengal :

Dol Yatra festival is essentially a festival of color, just like Holi, which is celebrated throughout India. The way Dol Yatra is celebrated distinguishes it from Holi. The festival holds a special place in the hearts of all Bengalis, particularly in West Bengal. This is because Dol Yatra is the last festival in the Bengali Year.

Dol Yatra celebrations have a long, rich and cherished tradition. It is been celebrated since ancient times. The festival has a mythological significance. The story behind the celebration of this festival is that lord Krishna expressed his feelings towards his lover Radha.

On the day of Dol Yatra, the festivity starts with Puja and bhajans to honor the most famous loved couple in Indian mythology, Radha and Lord Krishna. People dress up in the traditional Bengali attire for the prayer and procession of both god n goddess are being carried on a swinging palanquin. Once the prayer is completed, its gala time, people start playing with colors. They smear each other faces with different colored powder. The colored powder is known as Phag in Bengali.

It is one day when Bengalis forget all their sorrows and worries and indulge in celebration in full swing. Businesses remain shut and people sway in the spirit of the festival. It is a tradition of the festival that the young members in the family start the festival by applying Phag on the photos of the deceased members of the family and then on the feet of the elders as a mark of respect.

People of Bengal celebrate the festival keeping intact the rich tradition associated with the festival.

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Festivals of Colors Dol Purnima

Festivals of Colors Dol Purnima

Dol Purnima is a widely celebrated festival inWest Bengal.  The festival is dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. The Bengalis consider Dol Purnima as a very auspicious day and celebrate the day with great fanfare.

Dol Purnima is a name given to the popular Indian festival, Holi inBengal. On this day, the Bengalis take out a procession of Lord Krishna placed in a swinging palanquin.

Before the procession, people decorate the Lord’s idol with rich robes and with leaves and flowers. Throughout the whole process, the devotees dance to the tunes of loud music played from fleet of trumpets, conch shells and Dhol. The people play with colors and smear colored powder on others.

Dol Purnima in India :

The Festival falls during the month of March every year. The festival marks the beginning of the spring season in Eastern regions ofIndia. Although the spring season lasts only for a brief period, the festival spreads joy and leaves a festive mood all across the state.

The festival has rich traditional values and the Bengalis not only inWest Bengalbut all around the world follow these age old tradition even in today’s modern world. During the festival, people visit their friends and relatives home for lunch and dinner.

The major significance of the festival is that, people from all strata of the society whether rich or poor, low caste or high caste, come together and soak in the festive mood. It is one day when all the social division is abolished and everyone is equal and the festival is celebrated with gusto.

No festival inIndiais celebrated without sweets and Dol Purnima is no exception. During Dol Purnima, the Bengali sweet delight, Rossogolla are prepared in every household and young people enjoy munching on it after a hard playing with colors.

The Festival truly, brings out the celebration mood in every Bengali inIndia.

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