Fabulous Holiday Destinations to celebrate Holi Festival
Holi festival is celebrated in different styles and tastes in different states across India. But, what makes Holi so special and unique is its spirit. The aura remains same all over the country and even across the globe, wherever it is celebrated. On the festival of Holi, we present amazing holiday destinations to enjoy this colourful festival.
Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Lord Krishna was born in Mathura, while he spent his childhood in Vrindavan. Holi celebrations in Vrindavan and Mathura are the loudest and most exuberant. Special arrangements get underway before 40 days to Holi celebration day. Age old traditions are observed with reverence and utmost respect. In nearby villages of Nandgaon and Barsana, Lathmar Holi is celebrated. Men from Nandgaon travel to Barsana and tease the women there. Women hit men with sticks in return, hence the name Lathmar Holi. The Lathmar Holi celebrations are a unique experience.
Make sure your travelling plans take you to the Elephant Festival in Jaipur. This is one of the best events to enjoy in Jaipur. Each year the festival starts with a massive parade including decorated elephants, horses, camels, and folk dancers dancing in the streets. The owners take immense pride in how they dress up the animals, and it is usually a friendly competition amongst neighbours to see who can present the most lavishly decorated animal.
Celebrate Holi with a modern twist in Delhi. ‘Holi Cow’ is a music festival celebrated in Delhi every year. It is a cultural fusion in truest form; combining the traditional elements of Holi such as coloured powder, dance and bhang with the more modern elements of a large scale music festival. The event typically includes 40 performers over 3 stages of all different genres and skill levels.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab
Hola Mohalla is actually an annual fair that is organized during Holi, at large scale in Anandpur Sahib. Holding a fair of this kind was started by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru. Objective of the fair was to physically strengthen the Sikh community by holding mock battles and military exercises.
The festival on this one of the most amazing holiday destinations stays live for three consecutive days, in which members of Sikh community display their physical strength by performing dare-devil acts like standing erect on two speeding horses, bareback horse-riding, Gatka (mock encounters), etc. This is followed by poetry and music competition to lighten the charged up atmosphere.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore initiated the tradition of celebrating Holi as Spring Festival in Shantiniketan. It is observed as an annual event at Tagore’s Vishwa Bharati University. Students display wonderful folk dances and cultural programmes for visitors. The programmes are followed by the throwing of colours. Spring Festival or Basant Utsav has come to be a cherished tradition at Shantiniketan. People dress up in spring colours. There is a song in every heart and a skip in every step. Basant Utsav takes place a day before Holi and has become an important part of the Bengali heritage.
Hope you get to enjoy Holi Festival on these fabulous holiday destinations.
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