India is famous for its colorful customs and one of the most colorful festivals of all is the ‘Festival of Colors’ itself. Holi, the vibrant festival celebrated to welcome spring season is enjoyed by throwing color water and spray paint on each other. There are various top places in India for Holi Celebration.
Mythically, it celebrates the death of demon Holika by Prahalathan, a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Cultural dance and music performances, puppet shows and much more are enjoyed as a part of the festival celebration. Although celebrated throughout the country, Holi is enjoyed as an exclusive festival in only a few states of the country.
When Holi is celebrated in 2020?
Holi is the one of the most famous festivals of India that are celebrated in various regions of India. In 2020 Holi is celebrated on 10th March, and Holika Dahan is on 9th March.
Where is Holi Celebrated in India ?
1. Holi in Barsana
Barsana is a small village located near Mathura of Uttar Pradesh. This village still stick to the culture and tradition of the land, as a daily routine. When it comes to festival, the village turns into a beautiful paradise of bright colors. Holi festival is celebrated with an age-old tradition where women of the land beat up men with a small stick decorated with colorful cloth and paper.
This celebration is called Lathmar. Lathmar Holi is played exactly one week in prior to the actual celebration of Holi. Two days before Holi, the village celebrates Ladoo Holi during which all the households in the region make delicacies and share with others. On the Holi day, people conduct special rituals at home and temples before drenching each other with color water and powder. Tourists are more than welcome to be a part of this celebration.
2. Holi in Pushkar
Situated in the central east part of Rajasthan, Pushkar is a small and very pious city in the Ajmer district. Something very unique about this city is that it is located very close to some of the oldest geological microliths in India. Every single year more than 1 million tourists flood to this city for its beautiful temples, peaceful ambience, gorgeous lake ghats, charming cafes, Pushkar Mela and the grand Pushkar festival of colours.
One of the biggest and grandest events of them all – Pushkar Holi 2020 is going to be like a storm that hits you when you least expect it. If you have never been to Pushkar during the festival of colours than you are seriously missing out on some of the best memories of your entire life.
3. Holi in Mathura & Vrindhavan (Traditional Holi)
If you want to enjoy a Holi festival without commercialization, we recommend you to visit Mathura or Vrindavan. Mathura is an ancient city and is believed to be the place where Lord Krishna was born. On Holi day, people start a long procession with music, dance and celebration from the temple to the Holi Gate. This marks the beginning of Holi festival, which takes place for one week.
The location of celebration in Vrindhavan is Banke Bihari temple. On the day before Holi, thousands of people visit the temple to participate in the Holi of God. Priest spray color water on the deity and on the devotees. The devotees chant in unison. It is a wonderful site to watch cultural and ritual activities. On the Holi day, the celebrations start at 9 am in the morning. People throw color powder at each other inside the temple. Devotees specifically dress in light colors or white for enjoying the colors. Right outside the temple, you can find street foods, shops for souvenir shopping and much more.