Bright colours, water balloons, delectable gujiyas and melodious songs, are the perfect ingredients of Holi – it’s all about fun, frolic and spreading the message of peace and love. If you want to experience the festival madness, visit these places:
If you are game for an epic Holi this year, there is no better place than Vrindavan – the playground of Krishna. Yes, Vrindavan’s Braj ki Holi goes on for over a week, and is loaded with colours, delicious food and age-old traditions. The celebration starts with Phoolon wali Holi (throwing of colours).
In Mathura, a week before Holi, the Shri Krishna Janmasthan temple holds a renowned show that sees large number of devotees. Mathura is the birth place of Krishna, and Holi here, is celebrated with a lot of fervour. The celebration starts at Vishram Ghat and culminates near Holi Gate. Do visit the Dwarkadheesh Temple to experience the craziest Holi of your life.
Holi in Delhi is a fun affair. Be prepared to be covered in colour, if you step outside. Bhaang, thandai and street food are what Dilli Holi madness is all about. You can also attend the Holi Moo Festival (previously the renowned Holi Cow Festival) that sees more than 40 Indian and international performers.
Barsana Holi is as bizarre as it gets. The locals celebrate the festival of colours in a unique way; the men are beaten up with sticks by women while playing Holi! Yes, you heard it right. Also, know as the Lathmar Holi, it is a tradition that has been followed in this village for ages. It’s quite a sight to catch women taking sheer pleasure in putting the sticks to use.
Holi in Punjab is different from the entire country in many ways. The locals exhibit their skill of martial arts and shout their hearts out. The festivities culminate with gulal play in the evening. When we talk about Holi in Punjab, we can’t forget to mention the delicious gujias, halwas and malpuas that become a major part of the festivities.