Holi is a very salient as well as an ancient festival celebrated by the Hindus in India. People also define it as the festival of colours or the festival of love. Hindus celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm by smearing colours on each other’s face. The festival marks the victory of good over evil.
In the day of Holi, Hindus start the day offering colours to their elders on their feet and then hanging out with their friends, cousins or with their families. Not only in India but also Hindus residing outside India celebrate the festival very diligently.
Even non-Hindus also enjoy playing Holi. It generally falls in the month of March on the Full-moon day of Purnima.
Though the festival of colours is celebrated very widely all over India but there are some places in India where the festival plays a prominent role.
The best places in India to celebrate Holi(the festival of colours) are as follows:
When we speak about Holi celebration in India then the first name that should be counted is Banaras. In this city, the festival is celebrated in a different style. They call it “Lath Maar Holi”.
One will also feel strange when one gets to hear about the celebration as the women of Banaras beat the men from Nandgaon (neighbouring village) with sticks (lathi), and men are allowed to protect themselves with shields.
Shantiniketan is a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. Everyone is familiar with the name of Shantiniketan. The town is situated 130km far from the main town of Kolkata.
In Shantiniketan, Holi is celebrated throwing flowers on each other and is an important part of a unique and cultural manner, and is renowned as Basant Utsav.
If one plans for a holiday in Udaipur during Holi then the person will get to experience playing Holi in the royal Mewari style. The festival starts up with bedecked horses and royal band, which ends up with the ritual of Holika burning.
Though Northern parts of India celebrate the festival very diligently, but Hampi also can’t be counted out. Hampi is present in Ballari district of Karnataka.
In Hampi, the festival starts with drums and colours, thereby adding the extraordinary element in this colourful celebration.
5. Mathura and Vrindavan
Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and Vrindhavan is the place where he was brought up. In order to celebrate the festival the people of Mathura and Vrindavan takes out a colorful and musical procession
from the temples to river then to the Holi Gate .
The film city also plays a major role in making its name on the list of best cities in India to celebrate Holi. In Mumbai, they arrange the Holi parties in such a way that it has never failed to cheer one’s mind with joy and happiness.
Foreigners who visit the city during the festival also become a part of the celebration. Celebrities also play with colours during the festival.
A week before Holi, the shops of Delhi are filled with a huge crowd as people gather to buy Holi colours. If a person is present in Delhi during the festival then the person should not miss the opportunity of celebrating the festival of colour at the capital city of India.
The madness of playing Holi is amazing in the city. Public are also conscious regarding the health of the people and thus they play Holi with non-toxic colours. To extend the fun of holi, people of Delhi also prepare the arrangements like raange Bhang, lassi, street food, and some famous North Indian dishes.
People of Jaipur organizes special arrangements for travellers of Jaipur such as Rajasthani folk dance, song performances, and festive lunch. This will also give one a glimpse of Rajasthan tourism and will also become a memorable moment for the person.
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