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Last updated on - February 27, 2018, 5:51 PM IST
Barsana is a small village of Uttar Pradesh, here the culture where women beat up men from their neighbour village Nandgaon with sticks prevails for years now. Lathmar Holi is played a week prior to the main day of Holi. In case you want to witness the aesthetical and cultural value of the event, you must visit to the place once.
The cities of Mathura and Vrindavan gear up for the festival almost a month prior to the main day of Holi. The reason behind is that Lord Krishna being of this place which is why they celebrate Holi with fervour. Citizens start playing Holi a week before the actual day, inspite of colors it starts with flowers, chariot journey and many more events.
The pink city also witnesses the annual elephant festivals that add to the royal celebration in the city. Holi kickstarts with a parade including elaborately decorated elephants, camels, horses, and folk dancing through the streets of the city. There are also elephant polo, elephant races and tug-of-war between elephants.
Shantiniketan is an old and premier university in West Bengal, where the great Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore introduced the Basant Utsav to relive the ancient tradition. Till today the tradition is followed and celebrated in unmatched zest and vigour. Inspired by Holi and spring the students dress up in colourful attire and put on a huge cultural extravaganza for the visitors.
Holi is celebrated by Mumbaikars with great zeal and in an eventful manner. The celebrations include hanging a pot full of buttermilk and men clamber on top of one another and try to reach the pot. One that succeeds in breaking the pot is named Holi King of that year.
On the day of Holi, The Maharaja of Mewar welcomes honorable guests, foreign tourists, and many dignitaries to The Royal City Palace. The Maharana arrives in the celebration wearing traditional clothes and a bonfire is lit in the expansive ground of the palace. The bonfire signifies the triumph of good over evil.
The festivities at the Anandpur Sahib, one of the holy Sikh pilgrimages is worth your time. Instead of a play of colors, it is a demonstration of Sikh warriors known as blue clothed Nihangs. These fierce warrior monks present physical agility and the traditional art of gathka, a form of martial art.
The capital city of India is not far behind on the list of best places to celebrate Holi. The multi-ethnic city rejoices the festival with a twist of modernity. On the eve of Holi, bonfires or Holika are lit where people celebrate the victory of good over evil. Next day people play with bright colors. Amazing parties, music, DJs, dance, Bhang etc. spice up the revelries.
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