India is a culturally diverse country and you will find people following so many different cultures in this country. Holi is a very popular festival of India and is celebrated with different names in different states of India. People follow so many different traditions on holi festival and you will get to know about the different ways of celebrations of this festival when you go from one state to other.
Holi is celebrated with full enthusiasm all over the country but it is very popular in places associated with birth and childhood of Lord Krishna like Matura and Banaras. At Banaras, holi is named as ‘Lathmaar holi’. Here, men of Nandgaon come to play holi with women of Banaras and so, these women give tough competition to them. Women try to beat them and dress them into female apparel.
Traditions of Holi Festival:
People play with colors and apply colors on their loves ones. It is very enjoyable to throw colored water on each other using water jet called pichkari. This day is also called as Dhulandi Holi.
One other interesting tradition that is followed on this day is breaking the pot. It is a very popular tradition in states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In this tradition, a pot filled with buttermilk is hung high on the streets. Men try to break this pot by making a huge pyramid and women try to break this pyramid by throwing colored water. While doing this, women also sing holy folk songs.
In Bengal, holi festival is celebrated in very different manner. People of Bengal celebrate the festival of holi as ‘spring festival’ or ‘Basant Utsav’. In Punjab, Sikhs celebrate this festival as Hola Mohalla and display their military skills and physical strength. In Manipur, people celebrate this festival for six days in a very colorful manner and Manipuri dance ‘Tabal Chonga’ is the highlight of holi festival in this state.
There are so many more ways in which holi is celebrated. People love to eat so many special delicious foods like pakoras, gunjia, malpuas, dahi badas, etc. It is also a tradition to consume intoxicating bhang on this day.