Holi is one of the most fun festivals in India. It is the festival of colors and played by all the corners. As it is going to come very soon and we are all excited already. With the burning of Holika, to the playing with the colors, and mouth watering sweets, gujias, mathris to the unpredictable effect of bhaang. But there are also some unconventional ways that some parts of the country celebrate Holi. here is a list of few of them which will open your eyes to new ways to celebrate this colorful festival. So if you want to know about the different forms of Holi celebration all around the world then you must read this
1. BARSANA- It’s all about male bashing here: – The place near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, Barsana celebrate holi in a unique style. The people living celebrates Lathmaar Holi which is very different from all other places. The men sing provocative song ti draw the attentions from the women, who get back to them by beating them up with the “Lathis”. The women sometimes even catch anyone men and drag him to their house and dress him up as a woman. The festival of Holi is celebrated for at least one month here and not only with the colors.
2. PUNJAB-Who is the strongest of them all: – If you talk about Punjab, For Sikhs, Holi plays another important role. In Punjab, this festival is celebrated with a lot of fun and excitement. A day after celebrating Holi, they follow a traditional set by Guru Gobind Singh Ji called Hala Mohalla. A fair is held at Anandpur Sahib, also a physical strength and military skills are put up for all the people to see.
3. HARYANA- Revenge is the dish best served colorful: – In Haryana, again people celebrates Holi festival in a unique style. As we all know that relationship between a Bhabi- devar laden with fun, joy, and mischief. So, while celebrating Holi, the Bhabis finally get the chance to take their revenge from their devars for all the mischief the latter have played on them. This type of celebration Holi is well known as Dulandi Holi, bhabis get the authority to beat the devars up as a form of revenge, on this day.
4. WEST BENGAL- In memory of Gurudev: – The festival of Holi brings the Basant Utsav or spring festival celebration in Bengal. For the festival season, young boys and girls dress up in saffron-colored clothes. The students then sing songs composed by the Gurudev for all those who are present for this occasion. In a few parts of the state, a procession of Radha and Krishna also takes place known as ‘Dol Yatra’.
5. Holi In ANDHRA PRADESH: in- Many believes that Holi is only the festival which is only celebrated in the northern region. But this color festival is also hit and celebrated in Andhra Pradesh too. While it may not celebrate on such a grand scale as in the north, but youngsters celebrate it by playing with the dry colors and seek blessings from their elders in the family. The Banjara tribe in AP celebrate the festival with colorful traditional dance performances.
6. AHMEDABAD- Holi King: – In Ahmedabad, Holi is celebrated by paying tribute to Lord Krishna’s playful habit of stealing the butter from the houses. A pot of buttermilk hung at the height, and young boys are supposed to reach it by forming a human pyramid and break it. At the same time, girls throw colorful water on them. The group who breaks the pot is then crowned as a Holi King. People who live there enjoy this Holi festival a lot. And always get excited to play the Matka Tod Game.
7. PHAKUWA In ASSAM: celebrated- In the state of ASSAM, Holi is known as a Phakuwa and is very similar celebrated in Bengal ‘Dal Jatra’. Here, the festival is celebrated for the two days. On the first day, clay huts are burnt signifying the legend of Holika Dahan and on the second day, locals celebrate with the powder color. Everyone who lives there enjoys Holi festival like this.
8. Khadi Holi- UTTRAKHAND :- Khadi holi is played in the Kumaon region which includes mainly towns in Uttrakhand. As a part of the celebration, the locals were traditional clothes, sing khari songs and dance in groups. They move in tolis, and greet people they pass by.
9. Royal Holi- Udaipur, Rajasthan: – On the other hand in Udaipur, on the Holi eve, locals lights bonfires to mark the occasion and get rid of all the evil spirits in the Holika Dahan. This celebration is done in the grand level by Udaipur’s Mewar royal family.
These are all the different forms through which people celebrates Holi festival in their own way.
Different states have their different ways and traditions to celebrate the Holi festival but at the end of the point, everyone enjoys this festival.