FESTIVALS : Different type of Holi Celebrations in All Over India

Holi is Most Popular Festival of India; the festival of colors is celebrated throughout the country. What differ are the name and the ways of playing.

Most commonly known as Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated throughout the country. Whatdiffers is the name and the ways of playing.

Barsana Lathmaar Holi - In Radha Rani’s home town Barsana, the women beat the men from Krishna’s village Nandgaon, who come to tease them and play Holi, just as Radha Rani and her friends chased off Krishna and his cowherd gang.

Hola Mohalla-Nihang warriors dressed in traditional martial costumes, mock battles, fencing contests, bareback horse riding, shooting, archery, balance acts – celebrated a day after Holi, this National festival was started by Guru Gobind Singh Ji to showcase the military might of the Sikh forces. At Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, this event goes on for 3 days and the display of military power is as colorful as the colors with which the rest of the nation plays.

Kumaoni Holi- The musical Holi of Kumaon takes three forms and the celebrations start right from Basant Panchami day.

The Baithki Holi starts from the temples premises where singing troupes known as Holiyar sit down and start singing Holi songs with a classical base. This musical gathering is usually male exclusive and takes place every day till Dulhendi, and the classical connection has given it the name of ‘Nirvana Ki Holi’.

Mahila Holi is very similar to Baithki Holi, but also sees a lot of dancing, play acting, etc. The Holiyars here are exclusively women.

Khari Holi, as the name suggests, refers to the Kumaoni men and women standing and performing Holi songs. Attired in traditional white kurta pyjamas, the Holiyars also keep step to the tune of traditional music instruments.

Basantotsav and DolJatra- The Bengalis welcome spring or Basant garbed in saffron coloredgarments, and flower ornaments. On DolJatra, processions of Radha and Krishna are taken out with a lot of fanfare, song, and dance and of course both dry and wet colors.

ManjalKuli- While South India doesn’t playHoli like the North; in Kerala, it is celebrated at the Konkani temple of GosripuramThirumala. Bad omens are supposed to be removed during Holika Dahan when a human effigy representing all evil is burnt along with a sacrifice of 2 areca nut trees around midnight or early morning. This is observed only by temple authorities and people are advised to stay indoors. The next day is devoted to feasting and merriment.

Phagua- In Bihar,the day before Holi is celebrated as Dhurkhel where people literally play with mud, clay and even cow dung. In the evening troupes take out Holi processions, singing Phagua songs. There is generally someone in drag dancing to the raunchy music as the procession moves from town to town. The main Holi day is devoted to wet colors, Bhaang, pua and mutton.

Other notable celebrations include Phakuwa in Assam, Yaosang in Manipur, the Banjara Holi in Andhra Pradesh and Shigmo in Goa.The way it’s celebrated may be different, but the joy and passion associated with the festival remain the same throughout the country.