We are pretty sure you already know that this year Holi is on Thursday and Good Friday is well on Friday which means most of us have an extra long weekend. If you are planning to celebrate Holi in a different style this year, then we have that perfect solution for you. Throughout India, Holi is celebrated differently and we recommend you visit one of these 5 places to play Holi this year with your family and friends. Holi is celebrated differently in all these places.
Barsana, famous for the birthplace of Radha, is famous for its lath mar holi. Though sounds and seem violent but this ritual is quite playful. The legend behind this ritual is centered around Lord Krishna and Radha. As we all know, Lord Krishna used to tease Radha and her friends. One day the women had enough and chased him off. And since then the ritual of playing the Lath Mar Holi has become very famous. People celebrate it in the memory of their beloved Krishna. We do recommend you try thandaai (milk blended with bhang) if you visit Barsana. It is very delightful and tasty. Barsana tops our list of 5 places to play Holi.
Mathura, Vrindavan, and Nandgaon are most famous places and known for Holi celebration. The celebrations start a day early. You will see children dress as Lord Krishna and priests spray colors on the devotees. The entire region is soaked in devotion, love, and togetherness. Mathura remains extremely in a Holi mood for almost a week.
Known as Dol Yatra, Holi is celebrated differently in Shantiniketan, Kolkata. The celebration is just not about playing with colors but students of the institute perform a variety of songs and dances. The Basant Utsav was started by Sri Rabindranath Tagore and is an absolute different celebration than what you will see in Northern part of India.
You may have seen in movies when a royal family organizes an event and the entire town is invited to the event. Witness the reel life in real life in Udaipur. The royal family of Udaipur organizes a grand celebration at the Royal Palace. You may either attend the celebrations at the palace or you may enjoy the celebrations with the people in the streets. This is entirely a rich feeling to celebrate Holi in this king city.
The Kumauni Holi is a historical and cultural celebration of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. It is one of the major festivals of the Kumauni people and is observed for almost two months. People hold Baithaki Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila Holi which are actually musical gatherings to celebrate Holi. You got to visit this hill station to experience a totally different type of Holi as it is one of the best places to play Holi.
These were some of the best places to play Holi for a divine and an unforgettable experience. It is really a lifetime opportunity to play Holi in these places before you die.
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