Let’s Play Holi! Best Places to Celebrate the Festival of Holi 2018 in India
Holi is back this year and if you’re travelling India, you just can’t miss the festival of Holi. So, pack your bags and load your ‘pichkaris’ (color sprayer), as I’m gonna take you through the best places to celebrate the festival of Holi in India.
Holi is back this year and if you’re travelling India, you just can’t miss the festival of Holi. The celebration of colors is observed all across India and this year it will be observed on 1st - 2nd March! So, pack your bags and load your ‘pichkaris’ (color sprayer), as I’m gonna take you through the best places to celebrate the festival of Holi in India.
“Do Me a Favour, Let’s Play HOLI!”
The spirit of Holi thrived in Indian states from different allusions. What I mean is, people of different parts of this nation relate to this color celebration with different emotions. Somewhere it is the victory of good over bad, somewhere it’s the celebration of love between Radha and Krishna and somewhere it is a way to welcome the Spring, the king of all seasons.
Best Places in India to Celebrate Holi 2018
Located in Bolpur, West Bengal, in Shantiniketan the festival is celebrated as ‘Basanta Utsav’ or ‘Spring Festival’. Renowned poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore introduced this festival here that involves all the students and teachers of Visva-Bharati University, founded by Tagore himself.
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People from all around the world visit the place on this occasion that not just limited to color play.
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Clad in traditional yellow attires the students present a cultural event performing songs, dance, plays which is an international attraction.
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Mathura & Vrindavan
Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna welcomes you with a lot of vibrant colors. It’s a place where a lot of pilgrims also visit during Holi to take part in the celebration. If you’re in India, you just can’t afford to miss holi 2018 here.
In Vrindavan also, the festival is celebrated with a great enthusiasm, as it’s the place where lord Krishna spent his childhood.
Also, if you’re in North India, do visit the Banke-Vihari temple that opens the gate for all during the time and let all indulge in the color play!
Would you like to beat up your man or any man with a stick? Then go celebrate the ‘Lath Mar’ holi in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh. According to the myths, Sri Krishna visited this place of Radha to tease her and then the entire girl gang of Radha literally chased him away.
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Since then, the men from Nandgaon visit Barsana on the first day of Holi to tease the girls and to get beaten up! Yeah, you read it right! And on the next day, men and women both play Holi together. How colorful!
Goa has been a center of attraction of international tourists since last few years.
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People love to visit Goa and party on its beaches during the month of late December.
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But, have you ever visited Goa during the Holi? Parades, performances by troupes, color play, beach parties - just everything to your entertainment. This Holi let’s go Goa!
Jaipur & Udaipur
How about celebrating Holi 2018 in a royal style? Well, if you visit Jaipur and Udaipur you’re definitely going to experience the glamor of Holi that will impress you with a lot of other things along with color play.
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Animal parade, the main attraction of Jaipur & Udaipur Holi is also a friendly competition of how well you can dress your animal.
Giant elephants, camels take a walk on road while some local troupes perform on regional songs. Up for it?
If you want to observe and play Holi in its most cosmopolitan form then you gotta visit Mumbai.
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A number of holi parties with famed DJs, unlimited sweets and thandai (an Indian style drink if you want to get intoxicated, served cold) and bright powder and liquid colors - you literally won’t know how time flew away.
And that was my suggestions on where, when and how you can have the most of Holi 2018. Know more regions that must be counted as one of the best places to celebrate the festival of Holi? Please let me know.
Till then, Happy Holi people!