Spring has always been a time of celebration and renewal when nature awakens from its slumber and bursts forth in a riot of colors. And what better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than by participating in one of India’s most exuberant festivals – Holi! This festival of colors, celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout India and in different parts of the world, is a time for joy, revelry, and the triumph of good over evil. In this blog, we will take you on a journey to explore the diverse and unique ways Holi is celebrated in different regions of India and worldwide.
Holi in North India
In North India, Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor. People start the celebrations by lighting a bonfire the night before Holi, known as Holika Dahan. The bonfire symbolizes the victory of good over evil and the burning of the demoness Holika. On the day of Holi, people smear each other with colored powder and water, sing and dance to the beats of dhol, and enjoy delicious sweets and snacks. Bhang, a drink made from cannabis leaves, is also consumed during the festivities.
Holi in South India
In South India, Holi is known as Kamavilas and is celebrated with different customs and traditions. People worship Lord Kamadeva, the god of love, and offer special prayers. In some parts of South India, people celebrate the festival by smearing each other with turmeric powder instead of colored powder. Turmeric is considered auspicious and is believed to have healing properties.
Holi in West India
In West India, Holi is celebrated uniquely in the state of Maharashtra. People in Maharashtra celebrate the festival of Holi with great enthusiasm by organizing public processions known as Shimga. The processions involve men dressed as women, dancing and singing to the beats of dhol, and throwing colored powder on each other. In Gujarat, people celebrate Holi by playing dandiya and garba, traditional state dances.
Holi in East India
In East India, Holi is known as Dol Jatra and is celebrated with great joy and enthusiasm. People celebrate the festival by smearing each other with colored powder and water and singing and dancing to the beats of dhol. In West Bengal, people celebrate Holi by carrying the idol of Lord Krishna and Radha in a procession.
Holi Around the World
Holi is celebrated not just in India but also in other parts of the world with great enthusiasm and fervor. In Nepal, the festival is known as Fagu Purnima and is celebrated for several days. People celebrate the festival by smearing each other with colored powder and water, singing and dancing to the beats of dhol, and enjoying delicious food and sweets.
In the United States, Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Indian diaspora. The festival is celebrated in various cities across the country, with people smearing each other with colored powder and water, dancing to Bollywood music, and enjoying Indian food and sweets.
Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city of Leicester in the United Kingdom. The festival is celebrated in the streets with people smearing each other with colored powder and water, dancing to Bollywood music, and enjoying Indian food and sweets.
From the vibrant celebrations in North India to the unique customs in South India and the colorful festivities in other parts of the world, Holi is a festival that brings people together in a spirit of joy, love, and harmony. Let us carry with us the message of Holi – the message of unity, forgiveness, and the triumph of good over evil. Let us cherish the memories of this wonderful celebration and look forward to the coming Holi, where we will come together to revel in the colors of life.