The moment one mentions Holi, a burst of many colours comes to mind. And also a plethora of sweets, along with special holi gifts for family and friends. But there is much more to it than just colors and sweets. Different parts of India have different traditions and rituals that have been followed for centuries and are specific and unique to certain regions.
Lathmar Holi is celebrated in Barsana & Nandgaon. The distinct ritual followed in this one is that the women throw sticks at men or beat the men with sticks as part of the celebration. While some men take on the gentle blows valiantly, some take a protective shield just in case.
Another celebration type goes on for a whole week in the North Eastern. While colors are an integral part of Holi, what sets it apart is the beautiful blend of indigenous rituals. Thabal Chongba is a traditional Manipuri dance that is famous during this festival.
In Punjab Holi is known as Holla Mohalla and is more about commemorating brave Sikh warriors. Langars, music competitions and mock battles are a part of this tradition.
Phoolon ki Holi is celebrated in many parts of India. Some highlights are the re-enactment of the Raas Leela and the usage of flowers along with colors as it is believed that Lord Krishna and Radha had first played Holi with flowers.
Be a part of different Holi celebrations by visiting these places and immerse yourself in the different spirits of Holi along with colours.