Holi Festival in India is a popular festival. Find Holi Festival dates in 2018, locations, legends and interesting facts about Holi Festival, India to plan your trip to Enjoy this festival of Colors in India.
Festivals are a welcome relief from the humdrum and monotony of everyday existence. The people of Uttar Pradesh add color to their lives by celebrating their festivals with great merriment. When Holi is celebrated, bright colors and happiness soak each and every corner of the state and bring much joy to the lives of the people.
Description of the Holi Festival in Uttar Pradesh
There are certain rituals that are associated with the festival of Holi. A day before Holi, a bright bonfire is lit. It is referred to as Holika or Chhoti Holi. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. There is a very interesting story associated with this. The demon king Hiranyakashyap had conspired with his sister Holika to kill his son Prahlad. Prahlad’s only fault was that he was a very big follower of Lord Narayana. However he was not successful in his mission. His son was saved by the grace of God whereas his sister was consumed by the fire.
All the people participate to light the fire. A pot of new barley seeds is kept under the pyre. When the fire burns out, these seeds are consumed by the people. Often predictions are made about the future harvest on the basis of the condition of seeds or the direction of the flames. The ashes of this fire are considered very auspicious and often either the ashes or the smoldering fragments of wood are taken back home. They light their fires at home with these embers and keep the ashes which they believe will protect them against diseases.
On the day of the festival, the air is filled with gulal and abeer of various colors. Youngsters apply it on each other and on the feet of the elders of the family. Pichkaris of various shapes and sizes crowd the markets. The sight of everybody pouring color on each other and whole heartedly participating in the mirth makes a perfect picture of happiness.
Gujiya, mathri, laddoos are consumed in plenty on the occasion of Holi. Bhang or Cannabis is also consumed by the people. On the banks of the River Ganges, people sit drenched in colors and prepare thandai with the cannabis and this has a very intoxicating effect. The fun is indeed unlimited.
Time for celebrating the Holi Festival in Uttar Pradesh
Holi is the festival of colors and is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phagun as per the Hindu calendar. It generally corresponds to the month of March in the English Calendar.
When is Holi in 2018?
The date of Holi is different every year in India! In most of India, Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the day after the full moon in March each year. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan.
- In 2018, Holi is on March 2, with Holika Dahan on March 1.
Holi Celebrations in Various Parts of India
The spirit of Holi is just beyond the imagination. It can only be felt and quite difficult to express in words. This festival is celebrated with immense gaiety with different traditions in various parts of India.
Holi in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
Those have witnessed the holi celebrations in Mathura city; Uttar Pradesh will always cherish the unforgettable memories. A popular attraction here is the ‘Latthmaar’ Holi where the women playfully hit the men with the sticks. The holy is mainly played in the premises of the Radha Rani Temple located in Barsana town, considered to be the birthplace of Goddess Radha.
Holi in Bengal
In West Bengal, the festival of Holi is known by many names such as the Dol Purnima, Dol Jatra and Swing Festival. On this day, people welcome the spring season by playing colors and distributing sweets. People, especially the boys and girls wear saffron (yellow) colored dressess and flower garlands. They sing and dance by playing various musicial instruments that provides a mesmerizing view to the spectators. That is not all, as the idols of Krishna and Radha are beautifully decorated and taken in the palanquins for the procession (yatra) around the various parts of the state. During the yatra, people keep spraying the colors at the people carrying the idols.
Holi in Mathura – Vrindavan
People from the various parts of the world throng to Mathura – Vrindavan to celebrate the festival of Holi in the land of Lord Krishna. People dress themselves as Krishna, Radha and Gopi and engage in joyful pranks with each other. The great enthusiasm of the people showing their utmost respect and devotion to the almighty is simply incomparable. People, visiting the city, experience the feeling of romance flowing in the air. The Holi celebrations in Mathura – Vrindavan continue at least for a week. Every temple in this divine city celebrates holi with great fervor.
Holi in Rajasthan
In Rajasthan, the festival of Holi is played in a similar fashion just like any other part of India. A huge bonfire in burnt and people gather around it singing various songs, dancing and relishing scrumptious food items. Next day in the morning, people throw colors (gulal and kumkum) on each other body and greet the people.
Holi – a festival of vivid colors, euphoria, friendship and reunion is an integral part of Indian culture and is a memorable experience to cherish forever. It also promotes the feeling of love by eradicating the feeling of hatred among the people.