The festival is holi is upon us and so is the search for the perfect place to celebrate it. Holi is celebrated in various forms across different region in India, and therefore, it’s an interesting way to study different cultures across the country. Therefore, here is our list of five different places to celebrate holi in India if you’re looking to spice up your festival of colors this time:
- Lathmar holi of Barsana: This is one of the most popular holi festival celebration in India, and it takes place in Barsana village of Uttar Pradesh. Where women of the village beat up men from the neighbouring Nangaon village with sticks, and this is called as Lathmar Holi celebration. It takes place in the week before main day of Holi, and after this the holi celebrations move to the Nangaon village. Therefore, it’s always fun to reach Barsana 2-3 days before holi and experience these festivities, which also include a laddoo holi festival as well, where sweets are thrown around while singing spiritual songs of Radha and Krishna. It is one of the most interesting places to celebrate holi in India.
- Vrindawan, Mathura: In Vrindawan, you’ll the get the authentic flavour of Holi, and it is a place where holi celebrations begin almost 40 days before the main festival. The place is just 4 hours away from Delhi, and is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Various shows, and holi groups are held during the week preceding the holi festival. Truly one of the most famous places to celebrate holi in India.
- Basant Utsav, Shantiniketan: If you’re looking for one of the unique places to celebrate holi in India, then Holi in Shantiniketan is something you must attend. Shantiniketan was started by the famous Indian poet and a Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. Holi here is celebrated as the coming of spring, as the students dress up in the spring colors and they put up a huge cultural program, where they dance to Tagore’s songs. After that they celebrate the festival with colors, but this Holi celebration, ‘Basant utsav’(Spring festival) happens a day earlier than the other parts of India.
- Modern style Holi,Delhi: If you’re thinking of celebrating a modern style holi, then amongst the places to celebrate in India, Delhi should be your first preference. However, you must find a group to celebrate it with, otherwise holi in Delhi is a rowdy affair. Look for a family, or a group to celebrate it with, and then this festival becomes a nice mix of color, music, delicious cuisines. Moreover, you can also try and get tickets for Holi cow festival, where they play holi with full of madness, non-toxic color, bhang lassis, street food and sprinklers. Various bands, and Djs also perform.
- Warrior Holi, Anandpur Sahib: One of the most wonderful places to celebrate holi in India, if you’re looking to experience holi in a different way, is Anandpur Sahib in Punjab. Here, instead of throwing colors, they celebrate holi by giving a demonstration on physical agility. So on the day of holi, you’ll see wrestling, martial arts, mock sword fights, acrobatic military exercises and turban tying, and this celebration is called Hola Mohalla, which is an annual fair that was started in 1701, by Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.