‘Basant Utsav’ literally means ‘Celebrating the spring’ in Hindi. The tradition of celebrating Basant Utsav was first started by the Nobel winner late Bard, Rabindranath Tagore in Calcutta (now Kolkata) at Vishwabharti Shantiniketan University.

Basant Utsav in West Bengal :

The Basant festival is celebrated with great zest through out West Bengal. Bengalis spread all over India, welcome this spring festival with colors and music. The Basant Utsav celebration has become an integral part of the Bengali culture.

Holi In USA

Holi In USA

Basant Utsav is the other name for Holi, which is a popular festival celebrated throughout India. The only difference between Holi and Basant Utsav celebration is the latter is celebrated in a much dignified way. The festival marks the onset of new season, spring and people greet it with rich colors. The festival typically comes in the month of March on the full moon day.

The festival holds a special significance for the people of West Bengal, since it brings a refreshing change in the atmospheric condition in the state. The festival brings with it the rejuvenating warm breeze from the south indicating the onset of summer. The Basant Utsav also heralds the new sprouting season after the harsh winter.

With such scintillating natural backdrop, Holi or Basant Utsav brings with the joy of playing with colored powders and spraying the colored liquid over others. The Bengalis believe that the Basant Utsav is the natural way to bless their live with celebrations and good spirits.
On the festival day, children indulge in the sweet treat donning the traditional Bengali attire. The dress brings to the fore the rich Bengali culture. Both boys and girls join their parents to visit their family friends and relatives.

It is indeed a cynosure to the eyes to see the people of West Bengal celebrating the Basant Utsav festival with utmost joy in the traditional way.

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Holi festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of Phalgun month. This day is known as a Purnima. It is a full moon day. Holi festival is celebrated by different names in all over the parts of the India. All regions have a diverse cultural system. So they celebrated it with their own rituals and traditions.

Diverse Names Of The Holi Festival

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Holi In USA

1). Lathmaar Holi

It is celebrated at the Barsana place. Barsana place is related with lord krishna’s birth and his childhood period.

On this occasion men and women play holi with each other and it is tradition to hit men by Lath. So, it called Lathmaar Holi.

2). Dhulandi Holi

It is celebrated with a lot of charm in the Haryana. Here, it supposed a festival of Bhabhis and Devars. Bhabhis have a freedom to beat their Devars on this occasion. This is also called a revengeful holi.

3). Breaking The Pot Tradition (Matki phod Pratiyogita)

It is a one of the most joyous tradition of the holi festival. Mainly, it is celebrated in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat with a great verve and fair. Here is a tradition to hung a buttermilk pot in the streets. Men make a pyramid to break the pot.

One man climbs on the top of the pyramid and he breaks the pot with his head. During this time women sing folks songs of holi festival. They throw a lot of water over the men who try to break the pot. It is such an enjoyable tradition.

4). Basant Utsav

Holi festival is observe as a basant Utsav at the Vishwa Bharti University in the states of Bengal. The University was founded by Rabindra Nath Tagore. He is a writer of ‘Rashtra Gaan’. On this occasion, in the early morning students carry out a parade and they decorate the campus with rangolis and a beautiful lighting.

In the other part of the Bengal a Dol Yatra festival is celebrated on this occasion.

5). Hola mohalla

It is celebrated by the Sikh religion. This tradition was started by the tenth Guru of the Sikhs which name was Guru Govind Singh. From that time it is being carried forward with spiritual belief. This tradition is (more…)

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