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While most of the country celebrates Holi to mark the beginning of Spring in the form of Rang Panchami and to rejoice the victory of good over evil with Holika Dahan, places like Vrindavan and Mathura have a whole different reason to get the celebrations going on for at least a week. Also Read - 'Extend Lockdown Period Till April 30 to Contain COVID-19,' CAIT Writes to Centre
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Legend has it that as an infant, a demon poisoned Krishna due to which his skin turned blue. As a kid, he was upset about the fact that Radha has exceptionally fair skin and that she’d probably never want to talk to him because of the way he looked. This was when his mother, Yashoda told him to apply any color he wanted to, on Radha’s face. The day when the notorious Krishna went ahead and smeared color on Radha’s face has since then been celebrated as Holi.
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Generally the celebrations of Holi start at Vrindavan’s Banke Bihari Temple first followed by an elaborate procession carried out from Vishram Ghat in Mathura. Vehicles are decorated and children are made to dress up as Radha-Krishna who’re a part of the procession. In the procession, people try to enact scenes from the mythological tale so that people from various generations keep learning about the age-old traditions. In Mathura, there is no point in even trying to resist playing Holi. It is indeed a given that some time into the messy affair, everyone starts enjoying themselves.
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Though the festivities go on for weeks in the neighbouring regions of Mathura, like Vrindavan, Nandgaon and Barsana, but the atmosphere at Mathura starts changing only a day prior to the festival and we suggest you reach Mathura at least on the 23rd of March this year to be a part of the festivities in full swing.
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By the time the procession moves from Vishram Ghat all the way to the Holi Gate, most people are already drenched in water and covered in colors. People keep chanting Radhe-Krishna and sway to the music, consume a fairly high amount of bhaang, a marijuana-infused milkshake, share sweets with friends and family. People from all around the world visit Mathura for its beautiful Holi celebrations.
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