Generally known as “Festival of Colors” is celebrated in the month of Phalgun Purnima i.e. on a full moon day, according to the lunar calendar which usually falls in Feburuary end or start of March. Holi festival is celebrated by Hindus across India and across the globe for the victory of good over bad. This colourful festival brings people togather, of different cast ctreed or status. Its been celebrated without keeping the the community gap in mind, and add flavours to people relationships. People enjoy the day with colours, music, dance, sweets and “bhang”..! This year the festival of colors will be celebrated on 8th of March 2012, on 7th March there will be Holika Dehen.
If you are planning to visit this incredible country in March, you can witness this amazing festival. Some of the best places to celebrate holi festival are Pushkar, Vrindavan, Goa, Varanasi, Rishikesh etc, But Vrindavan-Mathura regions of the state of Uttar Pradesh are most famous for the Holi Celebration.
Uttar Pradesh (North India) is among the best place in India to feel the true essence of the festival of colors Holi. Celebrations in Mathura and Varanasi are the most exciting amongst all of the celebrations in the state. The essence of Holi celebrations in Brajbhoomi is said to be kept the same even today, as it was celebrated thousands years back (during Krishna’s era). Holi in Braj start a week earlier than the rest of India. The concept of the Holi at Braj is that men from Nandagaon (Village of Lord Krishna) raid Barsana (Radha’s village) to raise a flag on Shri Radhikaji temple. The catch being that women from Barsana greet them with long wooden sticks and colored water where the men have to be well padded as they cannot retaliate. Their only self-defence is water guns which they use at the ladies in order to distract them. This is one of the most popular of the Holi festivals in India also popularly called as ‘Lathmaar Holi’.
In Mathura Vrindavan the celebrations of the festival go on for about a week. One of the unique features of the festival here is that different temples of Lord Krishna celebrate Holi on different days. It is interesting as well as amazing, to watch devotees at the Banke-Bihari Temple of Vrindavan. The environment is filled with a unique thrill, with people passionately chanting the name of Lord Krishna and Radha. Interesting celebrations also takes place at Gulal-Kund in Braj where boys mock Krishna leela on the day of Holi.
Holi is one beautiful and colorful festivals of India. This is one festival where all the religious, linguistic and cultural barriers are broken. To feel the real essence of Holi, it must be witnessed in the spirits of men, women and children of Uttar Pradesh