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10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India


It is that time of the year and colours are all around. Holi is truly the most vibrant festival India celebrates in a year. The festival that marks the onset of spring after the tricky winters also signifies the victory of good over evil. Holi is essentially the festival of colours but there are many facets to this festival too. There are multiple ways Holi is celebrated across the nation. Let’s have a look at them.

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1. Lathmar Holi, UP

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-1 Lathmar Holi is a very interesting approach to the festival of colours. Women are equipped with lathis or canes and hit men or boys playfully during this celebration. The men come prepared with a dhal or shield. All of this is supposedly done in humour and not aggressively. Largely celebrated in parts of Uttar Pradesh such as Nandgaon, Barsana, Vrindavan and Mathura, Lathmar Holi is an age old tradition that finds its roots in Hindu Mythology. It is believed that Lord Krishna went to Radha’s village to play Holi to which the women of the village reciprocated by hitting him with lathis and eventually chased him away.

2. Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra, West Bengal

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-2 Holi in West Bengal is celebrated as Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra. Basant translates to spring and Utsav is a festival so the festival is a mark of the onset of spring. On the Basant Utsav women primarily dress in the yellow colour which signifies the colour of abundance. The best place to catch a glimpse of the Basant Utsav would be Shantiniketan in Bolpur, the epicenter of Bengali cultural richness. Till date, Basant Utsav is celebrated with a fervour unmatched and unequaled. Apart from playing with colours the ambiance of this place during the festival is filled with Tagore’s poetry recitals, songs and traditional dance programs. The Dol Jatra is celebrated the next day where a procession of an idol of Lord Krishna is taken out through the streets accompanied by music, frolic and smearing colours on each other’s faces.

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3. Phaguwa, Bihar

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-3 Holi is popularly known as Phaguwa in Bihar. Holika Dahan is also an integral part of the initiation of the Holi celebration where a pyre is lighted on fire by the locals a night before Holi. This is widely practised in many other parts of the country as well. This practice essentially signifies the win of good over evil. The next day is spent smearing dry and wet colours on each other throughout the day.

4. Dola, Odisha

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-4 Holi in Odisha is known as Dola and is quite similar to its neighboring state of Bengal. The festival mainly celebrates Lord Jagannath who is also known as Dolagovinda. People play with colours and processions of Lord Jagannath are taken out around cities and towns.

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5. Shigmo, Goa

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-5 The Spring Festival in Goa is known as Shigmo nd is a vibrant series of festivities including traditional folk dances, street performances and colourful processions apart from the playing with colours.

6. Yaosang, Manipur

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-6 In Manipur, Holi festivities is almost a week long affair. Yaosang is the Manipuri version of Holi and is celebrated with an unparalleled enthusiasm. It includes burning of a hut made out of hay and twigs, traditional folk dance performances by the youth, worshipping Lord Krishna, smearing of gulal or colour on each other and vibrant processions taken around the cities.

7. Baithaki Holi or Khadi Holi, Uttrakhand

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-7 Uttrakhand celebrates Holi as a musical gathering which includes people donning their traditional attire, singing traditional regional songs and go around the city in groups called Tolis. It also goes by the name of Mahila Holi apart from Khadi and Baithaki Holi. People greet each other by smearing colour on each other's faces and engage in musical festivities. Holi is essentially a day of music, fun and frolic for the people of Uttrakhand.

8. Hola Mohalla, Punjab

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-8 Hola Mohalla is actually celebrated a day after the Holi. It is more of a celebration of the bravery of Sikh warriors and is characteristic to a particular sect known as the Nihang Sikhs. The celebration includes an extensive display of martial arts and is later followed by music and dance.

9. Manjal Kuli or Ukuli, Kerala

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-9 Kerala celebrates its own version of Holi in the form of Ukuli or Manjal Kuli. The festival is not so popular across the state, however, it is the traditional celebration that is prevalent amongst the Konkani and Kudumbi communities in the region that shouldn't be missed. The primary colour used in Manjal Kulli is turmeric.

10. Rang Panchami or Shimga, Maharashtra

10 Different Types Of Holi Celebrated In India-10 In Maharashtra, Holi is known as Shimga or Rang Panchami. Shimga is the initiation of the Holi celebrations which includes similar traditions like the Holika Dahan in the north and is celebrated by lighting up a pyre made of firewood. Rang Panchami is the day when people indulge in playing with dry and wet colours. The festivities last for as long as a week in this part of the country.

Of all the different ways Holi is celebrated in India the spirit of the festival remain the same, the win of good over evil and the welcome of the season of fruitfulness and abundance. Colours form an integral part of the celebration. Let us all celebrate this festival with the same spirit. Happy Holi everyone.

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