Holi is generally considered to be the festival of colours and it is actually so, but there are some parts of India where they celebrate Holi with a difference. The way the Holi of Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, some distance away from Mathura, is celebrated is particularly interesting. Holi is also celebrated as love of these two great lovers Radha and Lord Krishna.

Lath mar Holi at Barsana Mathura:

During holi, men from Nandgaon, the land of Lord Krishna come to play Holi with the girls of Barsana; their task is to raise their flag over Shri Radhikaji’s temple. But then it is not as simple as it sounds as they are faced with stiff resistance and this isn’t resistance of colours but with sticks by the gopies. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. But the men are smart and come well covered and padded to protect from the sticks, because they can’t retaliate as per the customs.

The men try hard not to get caught because if they get caught they get good beating from the women. And to add to that they are made to wear a female attire and dance in public, all said and done in the spirit of Holi. This tradition has been going on for a long time and renowned poets like Surdas, Nand-das, Kumbhan-das and others have picturesquely described how Lord Krishna received similar treatment and was forced to don a sari and wear make-up and perform dance before being released by the gopies.

After the men hoist their flag, the next day the men from barsana go to the village of Nandgaon and drench women there in colours of kesudo, naturally occurring orange-red dye and palash. Today, the women of Nandgaon beat the invaders from Barsana. It is a kaleidoscope of different colours and is sight to watch. The celebrations are full of colours and people taking part in the celebrations enjoy to the care.

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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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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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