Table of Contents
- Holi Significance
- Punjab – Hola Mohalla
- Uttar Pradesh – Lathmar Holi
- Udaipur – Royal Holi
- Kerala – Manjal Kuli
- West Bengal – Basant Utsava
- Find your perfect stay
The Festival of colours spread joy everywhere across India! Holi brings people together to devour colourfully decorated sweets and indulge in the ultimate fun. People love running down the streets and throwing colour powders at each other. Celebration peaks all over India and it varies based on local customs and traditions. Music, dance and fun take a centre stage during Holi. Get yourself smeared in a splash of colours and soak up the festive fervour. Celebrate Holi at these magnificent attractions!
Festival of colours and joy. Holi is the quintessence of all festivals in India. Celebration across states reflects the diverse culture and traditions of India. There are different mythologies and customs behind the celebration of Holi. Holi symbolises the love of God Radhakrishna. Also, the celebration of Holi represents the victory of Good(Lord Vishnu) over evil(Hiranyakashipu). Some places celebrate Holi to welcome the arrival of spring after winter. Upbeat music and dance set the ideal tone for the celebration. Holi festival further enchants the already vibrant destinations of India. People gather in mass to celebrate Holi with great zeal and exuberance
Punjab – Hola Mohalla
Visit Anandpur Sahib in Punjab to witness one of India’s most unique and vibrant Holi celebrations. Locals make a loud noise and begin to showcase their martial arts skills. After that, Sikhs groove to Punjabi songs and smear colours at each other. Locals consume luscious Gujiya, Malpuwa and other sweet dishes to end the festival on a high.
Uttar Pradesh – Lathmar Holi
Iconic and fun-filled Holi celebration takes place in the regions of Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana in Uttar Pradesh. It holds great significance as the native land of Lord Krishna. Procession of women uses the sticks to joyfully charge men who hide under the shield. This Holi tradition excites everyone and lets them soak in the festive vibes. Locals of Vrindavan welcome the spring season with a glorious Holi celebration. The part of the festival includes applying colours and dancing to energetic music.
Udaipur – Royal Holi
The grandeur city of Udaipur bedecks itself in a splash of colours during Holi. The royal family of Mewar hosts splendid holy events which include a huge bonfire, cocktail party and dance celebration. Bonfire and burning Holika indicate the victory of Good over evil. Costumes and folk music reflect the pompous tradition of Udaipur. The highlight of the celebration is the huge parade of royal horses and lively bands.
Kerala – Manjal Kuli
Festivities begin on the Holi full moon day in March. The Kudumbi and Konkani communities of Kerala celebrate Holi in different ways compared to all other cities of India. Locals pray to their gods in the popular shrines of Ernakulam and Thrissur. Rather than playing with various colours, locals apply turmeric water and dance to the tunes of Kerala drums. The festival is also referred to as Ukuli in Kerala.
While Hampi is known for its timeless heritage, the city comes alive during the Holy celebration. Locals gather along the banks of the Tungabhadra River to indulge in non-stop music and dance. The festival involves setting fire to Holika to symbolise the triumph of Good over evil. Hampi Holi ends with locals taking a holy dip in the Tungabhadra River. The Holi tradition of Hampi dates back to the 15th century.
West Bengal – Basant Utsava
West Bengal is home to one of the most cheerful Holi celebrations in India. It showcases the vivid Bengali culture with ultimate music, fun and colours. The festival is also known as Dol Jatra in Bengal. Locals in dazzling yellow colour further perk up the festive spirit. The celebration further includes singing the poems of Rabindranath Tagore. Locals organize a huge march of Lord Krishna in the streets to end the festival.
Holi in Manipur falls during the Yoasang festival to extend the celebration to six days. Locals of Manipur enjoy playing with colours, hitting the drums and setting bonfires. The celebration kicks off on the full moon day of Phalguna. Treat your eyes to the grand spectacle and soak in the fun. People worship Lord Chaitanya in the bamboo huts and throw colours at each other in the Govindjee Temple.
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Experience a splatter of joy! Go and explore these colourful destinations to witness the vivacious Holi celebrations.
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