As you all know Holi is coming with the long weekends so you can enjoy it. Why enjoy it only in your home. Let’s enjoy this time with some more traditional or exciting way in this places.
So checkout our article on the Best places to celebrate Holi in India and get out of your home and enjoy this crazy and most colorful festival of the world.
1. Barsana: Holi with Sticks
Indian men don’t always rule the roost! The women of Barsana village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh beat up men from neighboring Nandgaon village with sticks, in what’s known as Lathmar Holi celebrations.
Lathmar Holi takes place around a week before the main day of Holi. In 2017, it will happen on March 6. The following day, the celebrations move to Nandgaon village. It’s worth getting to Barsana a couple of days before Lathmar Holi so that you can also experience Laddoo Holi festivities there. Sweets are thrown around and spiritual songs related to Radha and Krishna are sung. So its the Best places to celebrate Holi in India in our list.
When: 5th March to 8th March 2017
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2. Mathura and Vrindavan: Traditional Holi
Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami (end of winter), 40 days before the main Holi day, in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, four hours from Delhi. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born, while Vrindavan was where he spent his childhood.
On the ekadashi before Holi, the city celebrates Phoolon wali Holi where flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. Another Best places to celebrate Holi in India is in Vrindavan is theWidow’s Holi that began a few years back to break the convention that prevented widow’s from playing with colors or wearing colored clothes.
When & Where
- Traditional Holi: 13 March 2017 across the city
- Widow’s Holi: 10th March 2017 at Pagal Baba Widow Ashram
- Phoolon wali Holi: 8th March 2017 at Bankar Bihari Temple
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3. Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Cultural Holi
The celebration of Holi as Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival) in Shantiniketan was started by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Inspired by spring and the colors of Holi, he introduced the occasion as an annual event in his Vishva Bharati University there. Students dress up in spring colors and put on a huge cultural program for visitors, including dances to Tagore’s songs. This is followed by the usual throwing of colors. Basanta Utsav has become a cherished part of Bengali history and culture, and it attracts every one from India. So its one of the Best places to celebrate Holi in India.
- Date: Note that festivities happen on March 12, a day earlier than the given date for Holi in other parts of India.
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4. Purulia, West Bengal: Folk Holi
A three day Basanta Utsav folk festival takes place in the Purulia district of West Bengal. It runs in the lead up to Holi and on the actual day. You’ll get to sing and play Holi with the locals, as well as enjoy a wide variety of unique folk art. This includes the remarkable Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and songs of West Bengal’s wandering Baul musicians. What makes the festival special is that it’s organized by villagers as a way of helping sustain themselves. The location is around 5-6 hours by train from Kolkata, or transport in private vehicles can be arranged. Accommodation is provided in tents and there are portable toilets as well.
- Dates: March 11-13, 2017.
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5. Anandpur Sahib, Punjab: Warrior Holi
The celebrations of Holi in Punjab by the sikhs differ from the entire country in many ways. Locals shout their hearts out following a tradition. Furthermore, they exhibit their martial arts on this day and have fun with colors in the evening. Delicious halwas, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others.
Date: 14 March 2017
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6. Holi in Hampi
It is rare to find celebrations of Holi in South India. But, due to the presence of a large of western tourists in Hampi, it is highly popular in the city. In addition to the use of colored powder & liquid colors, the celebrations of Holi in Hampi also include a loud riot of music and dance.
Date: 13 March 2017
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7. Maharashtra Human Pyramid Holi
Every year during Holi huge number of people, dripping in colored water, gather in the streets of Mumbai to form a grand procession. They would walk through the streets with a mock alert call asking to conquer of pots of butter and milk as ‘Krishna’ comes in!
These people would then form groups to make massive human pyramids. Their goal: To reach the matka or pots filled with butter. The group that is finally able to reach and break the matka, tied high across a string above the ground, would be crowned winners. This is a tradition that is followed in many other parts of India as well but in Maharashtra is a quite a spectacle.
When: 13 March 2017
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8. Delhi: Musical Holi
With kids turning into colour hooligans and elders crazy with fun and frolic, it’s a known fact that Delhi gets a little rowdy during Holi. But if you can get tickets to the ‘mad moozik’ festival, Holy Cow, you are in for an awesome time. With a kickass line up including the country’s best independent music acts, Holi Cow is where every music lover flocks together in this spring festival. So its the Best places to celebrate Holi in India for the future generations like us. Let’s Nacho.
When: 12 March 2017
So like the above places so you must definitely go there. Don’t waste your time and start packing your bags.