in North India
In Uttar Pradesh,
a North Indian state of India, the celebration of Holi revolves
around the legend of the love and romance of the celestial
couple Radha and Krishna.
In the village of
Nandgaon where Krishna spend his childhood and Barsana, the
birthplace of Radha, Holi is celebrated for days together. The
streets are filled with people dancing to the tunes of folk
music. Gulal and colored water are thrown at each other.
Drenched in colors, the people thoroughly enjoy the festival.
The men folk of Nandgaon and the women folk of Barsana play the
game of ?Huranga?. The men use the most abusive language, which
is directed to the women folk. The women retaliate by beating
them with sticks, and the men try to protect themselves with
shields. This particular custom is known as ?Lathmar Holi?. The
women take full advantage of this opportunity and attack the men
folk with mock vengeances. This is a spectacle that ought to be
witnessed. Celebrated on the ninth day of the month of Phalgun,
celebrated with great fervor in Mathura and Vrindavan where the
residents are ardent devotees of Lord Krishna. Holi is
characterized by folk songs and dances and a splurge of colors.
celebrated in Nandagaon a day after the celebration in Barsana.
The men from Barsana come to Nandgaon to play Holi with the
women folk of Nandagaon. This is to commemorate the legend of
Lord Krishna and the Gopis. The men folk of Barsana take the
flag of Larily Lal temple to Nandagaon in a grand procession.
The residents of Nandagaon try to capture the flag but their
attempts prove to be futile. The women at Nandgaon protest the
Barsana men with bamboo staffs whilst the onlookers make the
scene colorful. This festival is celebrated on the tenth day of
the month of Phalgun.
At Dauji (Baldeo),
a village near Mathura, people celebrate this festival with
great fervor. The men are caught unawares by bucketfuls of
colored water poured on them. The men are made victims by the
women folk. They are thrashed with whips made of cloth which is
torn from the men?s clothing On the whole it is a pretty wild
Holla Mohalla is
celebrated a day after Holi in Punjab especially by the Nihang
Sikhs. This festival is characterized by cultural events. The
Nihangs exhibit their martial expertise by organizing mock
battles, sword fighting and archery on this day. This festival
continues for three days.
ritual marks the festival of Holi in Haryana. Here the Sister in
laws beat their brother in laws (devars) in mock anger with her
sari rolled up in the form of a rope. In the evening the devars
come with sweets for their sister in laws to earn their
goodwill. This ritual is known as Dulandi Holi.