Holi is a popular and ancient Hindu religious festival which is celebrated all over India. As it’s a spring festival, it is called the festival of colours and it’s celebrated on Phalgun Purnima that happens during the month of March. This is undoubtedly the second-highest celebrated festivals in India after Diwali. The festival Holi has got an ancient origin and it was initially played to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
According to a belief, the Holi festival rejoices the killing of Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu and it is also celebrated at some places to commemorate the immortal love of Radha and Krishna. Yet another significance of this festival is that it heralds the end of the chilly winter season and the onset of summer. But what if you’re bored of playing Holi at your own place? Check out some of the best places in India to celebrate Holi.
Destination #1: Mathura & Vrindavan
The Holi celebration of Vrindavan and Mathura are famous throughout the country and due to its speciality, it attracts pilgrims and tourists from all places of the world. Mathura is the place where Lord Krishna took birth and Vrindavan is the place where he spent a major part of his childhood. As per the tradition here, playing with colors originated actually from the leela of Radha and Krishna. During Holi, there’s also a colorful musical procession which continues from the temple to the river and then to the Holi Gate. Everyone is immersed in colors.
Destination #2: Braj Barsana, UP
If you wish to play traditional holi, you can visit Braj Barsana in the UP as they still are popular for celebrating ‘lathmaar Holi’ where women coming from Barsana beat up men who come from a neighboring place called Nandgaon. Braj Barsana is said to be the birthplace of Radha and there’s also a temple dedicated to Radha. The men are only allowed to ward off and avoid the women by sprinkling water or color on them. This is an indeed colorful battle which sums up to be the Holi celebration. Hori songs are also sung by the people.
Destination #3: Shantiniketan
The festival of Holi is celebrated in Shantiniketan as Basanta Utsav or Spring festival. This festival was first initiated as an annual event by the Bengal Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore in his university, the Viswa Bharati University. Students usually dress up in yellow color and present some folk dances and cultural programs which is gradually followed by spreading colours among one another. There are large numbers of tourists who arrive every year at Shantiniketan to witness such celebrations.
So, if you don’t feel like playing Holi in your own place and you wish to travel to some other better spot, you may choose among the 3 destinations mentioned above. Be a witness to their speciality and create a memorable Holi experience of your lifetime.