Holi is a popular ancient festival. It is a festival of colors celebrated around the month of March. The festival is celebrated with fun and enthusiasm on the arrival of spring. Be a part of this festival and see the culture and tradition of this celebration. Move to India this year by booking the USA to India flights with Mintfares. Here are some of the best places you must visit for Holi celebration:
Mathura and Vrindavan:
The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is famous in India. From all over the world tourists and pilgrims visit this place to be a part of Holi celebration.
Mathura is famous as the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. So, both the places are very popular in Hindus.
There is a Banke-Bihari Temple in Vrindavan where a week-long Holi celebration is hosted. The city celebrates PhoolonwaliHoli; the priests through flowers at the devotees to celebrate the day.
In Vrindavan, there is also a Widow’s Holi. It is celebrated to break the convention that the widow can’t play with colors or wear colored clothes.
Barsana, Uttar Pradesh:
In Uttar Pradesh Holi is celebrated in a unique way. There is a town Barsana celebrates bizarre “Lath Mar Holi”. The main celebration is held at Ladliji temple in Barsana.
The Lath Mar Holi is the weirdest way of celebration. In this tradition, the first-day, men from Krishna’s village i.eNandgaon go to Barsana and tease women. Then the women hit the men with sticks. Men can use the shields to protect themselves. On the next day, these women travel to Nandgaon and play Holi with men.
Anandpur Sahib, Punjab:
In Anandpur Sahib, Punjab Holi is celebrated as HolaMohalla. Sikhs celebrate it in their own style on an annual day. On Hola, Mohalla Sikhs demonstrate their martial skills on this grand festival. It also includes exhibitions, display of weapons, poetry competition and daring stunts.
They perform tent pegging, bareback horse-riding, standing erect on two speeding horses and various other feats of bravery.
In the evening they serve halwa, puri, gujia, and tea to all the people present there.
Udaipur & Jaipur, Rajasthan:
Udaipur celebrates the Holi festival in a royal way. All tourists and guests are welcomed by the Maharaja of Mewar. Maharaja wears the traditional clothes and a bonfire is lit in the ground of the palace. The bonfire of Holika Dahan indicates the triumph of good over evil.
In Jaipur, Holi is enjoyed with an Elephant festival. A massive parade is held with decorated elephants, camel, horses, with folk dance on the streets. You can enjoy this great parade.