Legends of Radha-Krishna

Legends of Radha-Krishna

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.

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Holi is an ancient and traditional festival of India and people follow all the rituals of this festival every year with full enthusiasm and care.

Holi Preparations:

Holi preparations get start so many days before the festival and people starts collecting pieces of wood for the lightning of bonfire called ‘Holika Dahan’.

Holika Dahan celebrations:

Holika Dahan takes place on the eve of Holi and there is a mythological story of Prahlad, king Hiranyakashyap and Holika behind the lightning of this bonfire. This celebration symbolizes the victory of good over evil.

Color playing:

Holi Colors

Holi Colors

Next day of Holika dahan is the main day of Holi celebrations. This day is called as ‘Dhulandi’. This day is for enjoyment and people used to play with colors on this day. They throw colors and colored water on each other and enjoy the festival to the fullest. Colored water is thrown with the use of pichkari. There is no tradition of holding puja on this day.

Tradition of playing colors is more popular in northern part of India and there is no comparison of Holi celebrations in Vrindavan and Mathura.

It is also a tradition to dance on the beat of dholak and to sing the bollywood Holi songs. It increases the fun of the festival.

Gujiya, malpuas and mathri are some traditional Holi delicacies and people love to eat all these things on the day of Holi. It is also a tradition to drink thandai and bhang on this Holi day. Bhang helps to enhance the fun of festival but it must be taken in limited quantity.

After enjoying the whole day, people visit their friends and relatives in the evening and exchange sweets and gifts with (more…)

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