India is a vast and diverse land, with people of different caste, creed and religion residing within its boundaries. The country is divided into many regions, which are culturally distinct from each other in so many respects. These geographical regions are known as states and union territories. Apart from observing the national holidays, the regions have their own fairs and festivals that are celebrated with great zeal. The spring festival of Holi is celebrated throughout the northern parts of the nation, with great fanfare. Though the basic aim and purpose behind the revelry is the same, the ways and means of rejoicing are varied.
Holi, called by different names in different parts of India, is even
celebrated on different days. For instance, the Holi celebrations in
Braj Bhoomi, the land of Lord Krishna, are the most spectacular. The
enthralling experience of witnessing the enigmatic blend of festivity
and divinity is simply awe-inspiring. On the other hand, the pot
breaking sport of Maharashtra, the beats of Dhol (musical instrument) in
Punjab and the thud of sticks in Uttar Pradesh, together reverberate, to
pay homage to the Lord. Lathmaar Holi is celebrated in Barsana, a small
village at a distance of about 15 km from Vrindavan. It is known
throughout India for its traditional Holi celebrations. No other city in
the country can match the grandeur of the festival here, except Mathura
Holi in Maharashtra
Holi is a colorful festival celebrated during the spring season (March), in India. It is the time, when people let their hair down and enjoy the time with fun and fervor. As the festival falls on the transition stage from chilly winters to summers, it brings in a degree of warmth and fills the air with festivity. Few days prior to the festival, people indulge in the merrymaking.
Holi in Mathura Vrindavan
Holi is one of the most important festivals in India. It is celebrated with immense zeal and fervor throughout the length and breadth of the country. Though the celebrations take place everywhere in the country with extreme enthusiasm and zeal, the celebrations of various places have regional differences. The Holi in Kolkata is different from that of Orissa; the Holi in Bihar is different from that of Haryana. In West India, the Holi is entirely different from how it is celebrated in North Eastern state of Manipur.
Holi is one of the most ancient festivals in India. It was originally named as 'Holika'. It is celebrated in most of the parts of the country. The celebrations of Holi are full of immense zeal and fervor. It is also one of the most popular Indian festivals abroad. The celebrations of Holi differ from region to region, as if the Holi in Mathura and Vridavana, differs from those celebrated in Manipur, West Bengal and Orissa.