Holi - The Festival of Colors will be celebrated on March 27 this year. People are gearing up for celebrating this festival which is celebrated across all parts of India in different ways. Memsaab brings to you the different ways in which Holi is celebrated across the country. Read on!
Holi is celebrated in most parts of the country for two days. One of Holi’s biggest customs is the loosening strictness of social structures, which normally include age, sex, status, and caste. Additionally, Holi lowers the strictness of social norms. No one expects polite behavior; as a result, the atmosphere is filled with excitement and joy. In most parts of the country, Holi is celebrated by lighting bonfires and throwing colors at each other. People fill balloons with coloured water and throw on unsuspecting passer-bys drenching them.
In Uttar Pradesh, Barsana is the place where Holi is celebrated in a unique way. Here the famous Lath mar Holi is played in the sprawling compound of the Radha Rani temple. Thousands gather to witness the Lath Mar holi when women beat up men with sticks as those on the sidelines become hysterical, sing Holi Songs and shout Sri Radhey or Sri Krishna. The Holi songs of Braj mandal are sung in pure Braj Bhasha.
In Mathura, Holi is celebrated for a whole sixteen days! The festival is celebrated by performing a special puja performed for Lord Krishna. Sweets are distributed to all devotees and then the people enjoy with colours and water. In Gorakhpur, at the time of 'Holi Milan' people visit every house and and sing Holi Songs apply coloured powder which is also called 'Gulal' to each other.
In the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Holi is a musical affair, whichever may be its form, be it the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi which starts from Basant Panchmi. Holi is celebrated with the same fervour and charm in Bihar as in rest of north India. On the eve of Phalgun Poornima, people light bonfires. They put dung cakes, wood of Araad or Redi tree and Holika tree, grains from the fresh harvest and unwanted wood leaves in the bonfire. Following the tradition people also clean their houses for the day. At the time of Holika people assemble near the fire. The eldest member or a purohit initiates the lighting. He then smears others with colour as a mark of greeting. Next day the festival is celebrated with colours and lot of frolic.
Intoxicating bhang is consumed with a variety of mouth watering delicacies such as pakoras and thandai to enhance the mood of the festival. Vast quantities of liquor are consumed alongside ganja and bhang, which is sometimes added to foodstuffs.
In Urban areas, people smear each other with Gulal and spray colored water using 'Pichkaris'. People even go to the extent of digging shallow wells and filling it up with muddy water in which they then dunk their friends and relatives.