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Rang Panchami of the West

India is a land of diverse cultures and traditions, and one festival that showcases this diversity is Holi. In states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, a unique version of Holi called Rang Panchami is celebrated. This festival, also known as Shigmo in Maharashtra, is an extension of the traditional Holikotsav.

On the 5th day of Holi, known as Phalguna Krishna Paksha Panchami, people in these states come together to celebrate Rang Panchami. In Indore, the Rangpanchami Ger at Rajwada is a major attraction, drawing over 5 lakh people who enjoy smearing colors and water on each other while dancing to loud music. In Karnataka, the Kamaripeth area in Hubballi is where people gather to worship idols of Kamanna and Rathi and participate in a colorful Rangpanchami celebration.

Phoolon Ki Holi of Vrindavan

Imagine celebrating the festival of colors with fresh flower petals instead of colored powders! In Vrindavan, a sacred city associated with Lord Krishna, this is exactly how they celebrate Holi. The Braj region, which includes Mathura, Vrindavan, and Barsana, is steeped in history and culture, making it the perfect place for a vibrant celebration.

The 40-day celebration kicks off with Barsana’s Laddu Holi and Lathmar Holi. The highlight of the celebration is Phoolon ki Holi, which takes place at the Banke Bihari temple on Ekadashi during the week of Holi. The air is filled with the sweet fragrance of flowers as Krishna disciples come together to play with flower petals.

Although the Phoolon ki Holi celebration may only last for about 15 minutes, the sight of colorful flower petals filling the air is truly mesmerizing. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the beauty and joy of this unique way of celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.

Yaosang of Manipur

In Manipur, the festival of Holi is known as Yaosang and it is a time of great joy and celebration. The Meitei tribe observes Yaosang for five days in the spring season, making it one of the most important festivals in the state.

Yaosang is not just about playing with colours. The festival kicks off with worshippers chanting hymns and recitals, followed by sports meets and activities. Holika Dahan, which is equivalent to Yaoshang Mei Thaba, involves burning huts and little kids collecting nakatheng, which is lucky festive money.

The celebration continues with the day of Pichkari, where people play with water and colours. There are more sports gatherings and games like Yubi Lakpi. The highlight of Yaosang is the Moonlight Folk Dance, also known as Thabal Chongba. The Brajamai Procession and the performance of Halankar are also important parts of the festival.

Basant Utsav in West Bengal

Basant Utsav is a vibrant celebration of the arrival of Spring in West Bengal. It is held in Shantiniketan, a place filled with love, light, and life.

During Basant Utsav, students wear yellow and white clothes and show their respect to their teachers by offering abeer. Local people sing hymns at the University of Shantiniketan, which was established by Rabindranath Tagore. This university is the center of all Holi festivities and echoes the poetry of Tagore.

Participants at Basant Utsav immerse themselves in music, dance, and singing. They play traditional instruments like ektara, dubri, and veena. A grand procession of Krishna devotees, known as Dol Yatra, can also be seen parading through the streets of Bengal.

Hola Mohalla of Punjab

In India, there are different versions of the Holi festival celebrated in various states. One unique and awe-inspiring version is the Hola Mohalla of Punjab. This three-day-long Sikh festival is a warrior Holi that showcases martial arts and symbolizes valor, brotherhood, and fraternity.

During Hola Mohalla, Nihang Sikhs dressed in blue participate in gallantry exhibits of martial arts. The festival includes langars (community meals), music and poetry performances, kirtans (spiritual songs), and military-style processions with war drums beating in the background.

So, if you ever find yourself in Punjab during Holi, make sure to witness the grandeur and bravery of the Hola Mohalla celebration!

Lathmar Holi of Uttar Pradesh

Imagine celebrating Holi by playfully hitting each other with sticks! That’s exactly what happened during Lathmar Holi in Barsana and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh. This tradition is based on a story about Lord Krishna and Radha, where Radha and her friends playfully hit Krishna with sticks.

Barsana and Nandgaon are the towns where this unique celebration takes place. These towns are known as the childhood homes of Radha and Krishna. Every year, huge crowds gather here to join in the fun and colorful festivities.

Dhulandi Holi of Haryana

In Haryana, there is a special Holi celebration called Dhulandi Holi. During this celebration, sisters-in-law play pranks on their brothers-in-law. It’s a fun way to celebrate the festival of colors with a twist!

Dola Purnima of Odisha

In Odisha, they have their own version of Holi called Dola Purnima or Dolo Jatra. This festival is all about welcoming the Spring season and celebrating the love between Radha and Krishna, just like Holi.

The fun begins on Falgun Dashami with lots of colorful activities. People throw colors at each other, enjoy traditional sweets like Feni and Pethas, and drink refreshing Thandai. There are also grand processions called Dola Yatra, where idols of Krishna are carried in colorful palanquins called vimanas. Everyone showers each other with abeer and gulal, plays games, and has a great time together. This festival is also celebrated in West Bengal and Assam.

So, if you ever find yourself in Odhisha during Dola Purnima, get ready to have a blast with colors, sweets, and lots of fun activities!

Vinay Kumar is Marketing Professional turned Entrepreneur, believes in turning ideas into reality.

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