One of the most awaited festivals, Holi, is here. Everybody would be excited to celebrate it with their friends and family members with full gusto and loads of colors. The most attractive thing about the festival in India is that each corner of the country celebrates Holi in their own special manner. It won’t be wrong to say that the festival of colors cherishes the diversity of India in the most beautiful way. This year, Holi will be celebrated the day following the full moon in March, which is March 9 and 10; with Holika Dahan on March 9 and Holi celebration with colors on March 10.
However, some of you would be surely looking forward to adding a different color to this Holi 2020. If that is the case, you can think of traveling to any of the amazing places listed below to celebrate this year’s festival of colors adding altogether a different experience and vibes. In places like Odisha and West Bengal, the Holi celebration happens a day earlier, whereas in Vrindavan and Mathura, the festivities start a week early. Go ahead and pick one event for you.
- Lathmar Holi, Barsana, Uttar Pradesh
Holi, in Uttar Pradesh’s Braj region, the celebration includes Lathis apart from colors. Lath Mar Holi is where the women beat the men with sticks according to their traditions. Bit strange but it would be fun to experience it, right?
- Vrindavan and Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Krishna’s birthplace, for sure, has some eccentric celebrations. The festival in Vrindavan starts on Vasant Panchami by worshipping Lord Krishna with a traditional ritual. And what’s fun, the Matki Phod, a traditional event where an earthen pot crammed with butter are dangled at a height by a rope. The men try breaking the pot through forming pyramids while women divert them by flinging colors.
- Khadi Holi, Kumaon, Uttrakhand
If you wish to experience a true musical event, Khadi Holi or Kumaoni of Uttrakhand would be the best. The locals celebrate this festival by dressing in traditional attire Kurta Pyjama, Nokdaar Topi, & Chudidaar, and perform group dances while singing the Khari songs.
- Basanta Utsav, Shantiniketan, West Bengal
Holi festival in Shantiniketan, famously called the Spring Festival or the Basanta Utsav, is a cultural festival. Tagore, enthused by the colors of Holi in this country, began it as a cultural occasion where Shantiniketan’s students wear saffron clothes to dance and sing to the songs of Tagore.
- Hola Mohalla, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Hola Mohalla within Punjab is an event to show your vigor. Nihang Sikhs arrange the warrior Holi festival celebrating it with great zest by displaying martial art talents while shouting their heart out.
So, on Holi 2020, may your life’s canvas is painted by God with the colors of love, joy, prosperity, good health, and happiness. Wishing you and your loved ones Happy Holi!!!