India is famous for its ritual and one of the most colorful festivals of all is the ‘Festival of Colors’ itself. Holi, an enthusiasm festival celebrated to welcome spring season, enjoyed by throwing color water and spray paint on each other. There are various top places in India to celebrate Holi.
According to Mythology, it celebrates the death of demon Holika by Prahalathan, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Cultural dance and music performances, puppet shows and much more are enjoyed as a part of the festival celebration. Although celebrated throughout the country, Holi Celebration is enjoyed as an exclusive festival in India only a few states.
In Holi friends and family throw colored water and color powders on each other to make celebrations in this 2-day long festival, it is one of the most colorful festivals of Incredible India. On the street, during the festivals, you can color people’s clothes, people on the street few who know the significance and how the festival of Holi is celebrated in India.
Smearing color powder on each other
This is one of the most popular ways of celebrating Holi even among the non-Hindus all over the country. People can enjoy and laugh at these festivals by painting each other. This form of celebration has also been incorporated in various celebrations and ceremonies all across the world for different purposes.
In the pre-historic times, they smeared each other with their ashes after the lady devil burned in the pyre as she set a trap for the King Hiranyakashyap’s son. Then Lord Vishnu also burned him down and the people smeared each other with his ashes. The same is followed here today but this is done with bright colorful powders.
Throwing colored water on people
There is also another story to this regarding throwing the powder and even drenching girls in the water on Holi. It was also known that like many adolescents of his age, Lord Krishna was also very mischievous in his ways.
It is also mythologically depicted that he played pranks on girls and even drenched them with water which was one such prank. This is now a day followed as a ritual or custom and people throw colored water on the morning of Holi. These days they have a mini – water pumps and water balloons to pour water in a fun-filled custom to celebrate Holi.
The Human Pyramid and Matka Pot
This is another event of celebration that people wait for eagerly during Holi. This custom is performed in the northern and western states of India such as Punjab, and Maharashtra. The ‘Matka’ means an earthen pot and this is filled with buttermilk. This pot of buttermilk is held by ropes from a height like a building or a tree.
It is a custom during Holi where the males of that particular group of participants form the highest pyramid that they can with a goal to break the pot. While they are trying to achieve their feat, the female folk try hard to stop them from doing so. Women throw small buckets of water and do such things to make it difficult for them to break the ‘Matka’.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Cultural Holi
Our famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore have started The celebration of Holi as Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival) in Shantiniketan. Inspired by spring and the colors of Holi, he introduced the occasion as an annual event in his Vishva Bharati University. Students dress up in spring colors and put on a huge cultural program for visitors, including dances to Tagore’s songs. This is followed by the usual throwing of colors.
Lathmar : Hitting the men with sticks
It is a ritual also has a mythical connection where the Gopis, Krishna, and Radha were involved, Like this, the neighboring villages/groups take part in this festival to beat a man.it is celebrated in Northern India especially in Mathura.
Holika Dahan: Burning the effigy of Holika [9th March ]
Holi in Goa
The energetic people of Goa do not lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to Holi celebrations. The festival of spring is called Shigmo in Goa. The festival is celebrated mostly by the masses following all religious traditions
Holi in Delhi
Delhi is the capital and the heart of India, celebrates Holi with extreme enthusiasm – even to the extent of boisterousness.