Dj party, bhang and lots of colours That’s how one would typically celebrate Holi in a city. However, there are various towns and villages that, even today, celebrate it in a traditional way – with lots of vigour and splendour.
Some of the rituals followed in these areas are quite interesting dating back to old centuries. Some are a result of mythological beliefs. If you want to celebrate Holi in a culturally-inspired way, try visiting one of these places:
1. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh:
This is where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Banke Bihari temple is the hub of festivities here. The doors of the temple are open to the public “to play Holi with the Lord himself”. The aarti happens in unison and is a sight to be enjoyed. You can check with your travel agent for a special holiday package during Holi.
2. Mathura, Madhya Pradesh:
Celebrations take place at the historical Dwarkadheesh Temple on the day of Holi. The puja starts as early as 7AM and the sooner you reach there, the better it is. You can even take a stroll at the Vishram Ghat in the morning to see priests engaged in making bhang.
3. Shantiniketan, West Bengal:
This was started by Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Inspire the colours of Holi, he introduced it at his Vishwa Hindu University. Every year, an annual festival takes place in the University that not only celebrates the spirit of Holi but also remembers Tagore.
4. Barsana, Madhya Pradesh:
The women of this village celebrate Holi by beating the men – not of anger, but out of affection. It is believed that when Krishna has come to Radha in Barsana, he teased her and her friends a lot. On one certain occasion, they got defended and decided to him a listen by chasing him with a stick.
5. Udaipur, Rajasthan:
The Mewar family of Udaipur hosts a magnificent palace procession from the Royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace. Later, a bonfire is lit and an effigy of Holika is burnt.
There are way too many beautiful ways to celebrate Holi. Which one is your favourite? And, how do you plan to celebrate Holi this year?