The Indian festival of colors is here. And it’s a long weekend! Most people celebrate this festival by drinking ‘bhang’ and dancing, but there are more than 10 ways Holi is celebrated across India. While you must be getting excited about the extended weekend or are preparing yourself for color-me-crazy moments, check out these 11 types of Holis that are popular across India.
Lathmar Holi – Barsana village, Uttar Pradesh
If legends are to be believed, Holi started in the Indian region of Barsana, which includes Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. In this region, Holi is not only celebrated with colors but also lathis or sticks! In this crazy one, women chase away men with lathis as a ritual! But hey, it’s not really a beating session 😊
Khadi Holi – Kumaon region, Uttarakhand
In the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Holi is more like a musical gathering where locals wear traditional clothes, sing khari songs and dance in groups. They move in groups and wish the people they pass by.
Hola Mohalla – Punjab
Hola Mohalla, or the warrior Holi, is celebrated in Punjab and is observed by Nihang Sikhs. They exhibit martial arts and sing their hearts out on this day.
Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra- West Bengal
The Basant Utsav is a celebrated in West Bengal and is a way to welcome the spring season. On this day, kids wear saffron coloured clothes and sing and dance. On the flip side, Dol Jatra is a comprises the main Holi festivities. On this day, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession, where men spray water and colors at the marching procession.
Shigmo – Goa
Shigmo festival, like the Holi celebrated in West Bengal, also celebrates the onset of Spring. It is celebrated in Goa. On Shigmo, Hindu farmers perform traditional folk and street dances.
Yaosang – Manipur
Holi or Yaosang is celebrated for six days in Manipur with color and folk dance. The festival commences on the day of full moon and comprises both Hindu and local traditions. The main part of the festival is the Thabal chongba, a Manipuri folk dance.
Manjal Kuli – Kerala
Holi isn’t as popular down south as it is in North India. However, there are certain communities in south India that celebrate Holi. Holi in Kerala is known as Manjal Kuli and is celebrated in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.
Phaguwa – Bihar
In Bihar, Holi is known as Phaguwa, in the local Bhojpuri dialect. Here, it is imperative to light the Holika pyre before playing Holi following which Holi is played with folk songs, water, bhang and powdered colors.
Phakuwah – Assam
Phagwah is Assam’s name for Holi. It is similar to Bengal’s ‘Dol Jatra’. However, here the festival is celebrated over two days. On the 1st day, clay huts are burnt signifying the legend of Holika dahan. On the 2nd day, the locals celebrate it with colours just like everyone else!
Rang Panchami – Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh
Holi is known as Rang Panchami in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and is celebrated on the 5th day after Holika dahan.
Royal Holi – Udaipur, Rajasthan
Holi is celebrated in a grand way in Rajasthan, especially by Udaipur’s Mewar royal family. On the eve of Holi, locals enjoy bonfires to get rid of evil spirits in the holika dahan. Before the bonfire, there are fancy processions that include decorated horses and the royal band.
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