No, we’re not talking in terms of pichkari or water balloons, but in terms of culture. Did you that Holi is celebrated in different ways across India? Here are 5 ways how Holi is celebrated in India.
- Royal Holi – Udaipur, Rajasthan
The locals of Udaipur light bonfires on the eve of Holi to mark the occasion of the festival. Bonfires are lit to ward off evil spirits. This bonfire is called Holika dahan. Though this is done in various parts of India, it’s done more grandly in Udaipur, especially in the Mewar royal family. Horses are decorated and even a royal band performs before the rituals of the holika begin.
- Hola Mohalla – Punjab
Holla Mohalla is celebrated in Punjab. Holla Mohalla is known as the warrior Holi. The way of its celebration by Nihang Sikhs is what makes it more special. They exhibit their martial art skills and sing aloud in joy. These activities usually take place a before Holi.
- Shigmo – Goa
Goa is one of the region in India that celebrate Holi massively. Shigmo festival is their way of celebrating festival of colours. Many farmers perform folk and street dances. Even tourists who visit Goa enjoy a great time during this festival.
- Lathmar Holi – Barsana village, Uttar Pradesh
If myths are to be believed, then Holi began in the Barsana region of India. The Barsana region comprises of places like Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. Not only Holi is celebrated with colours here but is also celebrated with Lathis. As per tradition, women chase away men with lathis, though, it’s not an actual beating session, it’s just done for fun.
- Khadi Holi – Kumaon region, Uttarakhand
In a lesser known region of Uttarakhand, Kumaon, Khadi Holi is celebrated. As per tradition, the locals sing khari songs and dance in groups, known as tolis, and they greet and people as pass by. Holi is celebrated musically here in three ways known as Baithika Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila Holi.
6. Rang Panchami – Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra is known to celebrate Holi in most fun way possible. After the 5th of Holika dahan, the locals celebrate with colours. This celebration is known Ranga Panchami.