Hola Mohalla, Basanta Utsav, Yaosang, Shigmotsav, Manjal Kuli or as we popularly know it – HOLI, is the rainbow of festivals. The festival of colors, breaking all the region barriers, is celebrated all across the nation in their own distinctive manner. So much so, that it has become popular among other nations as well, as colors and music festival.
Here are how different parts of India welcome spring with the festival of Holi.
- Lathmar Holi in Banaras – Uttar Pradesh: Women beat men with laathis, and, well, no one complaints.
- Phoolon ki Holi – Mathura & Vrindavan: Celebrated in the birth land of Lord Krishna, it is awe inspiring. Probably more flowers than one will ever witness at one place in a lifetime.
- The Royal Holi – Udaipur, Rajasthan: Not every day you get to witness the Royal Family celebrations.
- Holla Mohalla – Anandpur Sahib, Punjab: Holi in Anandpur Sahib is more than just colors. There is a display of physical strength through daring acts like mock-battles, sword-fighting displays and exercising on speeding horses. They are performed by Nihang Sikhs.
- Basanta Utsav – Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Another synonym of Holi celebrated with traditional dance, outfits and of course, colors.
- Shigmotsav – Goa: Also known as Shigmo, Holi is celebrated according to Goan Hindu traditions in Goa.
- Yaoshang – Manipur: It combines Hindu and indigenous traditions of the Meitei people.
- Manjal Kuli – Kerela: These celebrations are confined to the traditional Konkani communities such as the Gaud Sarawat Brahmins, who seek blessings at the Gosripuram Thirumala temple.
The festival of Holi surely brings the nation together.