Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Holi -A Colourful festival on the Religious Land Of India

People Enjoy Holi with Colors
Holi is the festival of colours, celebrated every year in India, in March. It’s the unique carnival of high morale and a good way to welcome the new season with the richness of various colours. At the time of the festival, this part of the earth glorifies with the shine and brightness of colourful hues, just like a kaleidoscope. As the weather discards the winter and began to reap the seed of sunny summer, people also commence new promises and love, and celebrate it with the most colourful festival, Holi.

People Spreading Colors To Each Others
Holi Dance with Colors And Joy
Hindu Mythology Holi Play With Flowers
Although, Holi is a festival of Hindus, but nowadays it is celebrated all over the country which proves the fact of “Unity in Diversity”. The entire nation irrespective of caste, religion, race and culture take part in the celebration. However, the colour of the festival on the land of Shri Krishna is altogether different. That particular area is known as ‘Braj Bhoomi’ and has a very special place in Hindu Mythology as the Lord Krishna has spent his childhood there. The areas which are considered as Braj Bhoomi are Nandgaon, Phalen, Vrindavan, Mathura, Gokul and Barsana. Holi is celebrated for about three weeks at Braj Bhoomi. Lord Krishna was brought up in Nandgaon, whereas his beloved Radha was from Barsana. People celebrate their love in high spirits today as well. 

People Enjoying with Dry Gulal At Braj Bhoomi
People sprinkle coloured water as well as the dry Gulal on each other. However, there is a little difference in the celebration at Braj Bhoomi. In Phalen, the ceremony starts by igniting a bone fir under full moon in honour of the victory of good for bad. People enact the famous story of Prahlad and Holika, and the most surprising fact is that the local pastor walks through that lighted fire.
Lathmar Holi In Barsana
Barsana Ladies Playing Lathmar holi
In Barsana, there is a different way to celebrate the festival. Here, the famous term used for the festival is “Latthmaar Holi”, which literally means beating with the sticks. All men from Nandgaon try to mark their victory over the temple of Radha in Barsana whereas all women from Barsana try to defeat them by charging them with long bamboo sticks. As men cannot hit back the women, so they have to cover themselves with a good padding so that they do not get hurt. They can only stop the women by sprinkling the coloured water on them. The funny fact is that men disguise themselves as women, so that they can trap the ladies and dance in their style as well. It is believed that Lord Krishna used to disguise himself and dance like women. The same scene is repeated next day but now the men of Barsana try to win over the women of  Nandgaon for the temple of Shriji. Different Holi songs, based upon the dialogues of Radha-Krishna is sung by men and women both, during this celebration.

Traditional Radha Krishna Holy Play in Vrindavan
People Celebrating  Holi  In Braj With Folk Songs And Colors 
This world-famous celebration attracts the tourists from all over the globe. Devotional songs, bhang, gulal, love and lathis are the distinct features of the famous Braj Holi. The people drinking bhang, battling on the ground with different colours, the sound and beats of drums, fervent songs, fountains of coloured water and latthi charging women, all off a sudden, this gives a new meaning to Holi. This is only possible at the land of Lord Krishna.

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  1. What a happy occasion! So colourful and so much fun! Thanks for all those fantastic photos. Have a great holi.
    Wil, ABCW Team

    1. Yes Reader really its an amazing festival of India. You should be a part of this festival once,You will surely enjoy with colors and culture.This Holi occasion is best for seeing the different colors of India.Welcome and Thanks.

  2. What a colorful festival!! Your pictures are also so colorful. Happy Holi

    1. Weekend,Thanks.This festival is more colorful and it is also known as festival of love,friendship and joy.