Holi 2020 – Festival of Colours

Holi 2022 – 7 & 8 March 2023 (Festival of Colours)

Holi – a major festival of India. This great Indian festival of colours is observed at the end of winter after full moon in March. A day before Holi a large bonfire is lit that helps in burning out the evil spirits and that whole process is called as Holika Dahan.

Holika Dahan : 07th March 2023
Holi Date: 08th March 2023

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Best Holi Celebration in India

The spiritual festival got its name from the childhood antics of Lord Krishna who used to pull tricks on the young ladies by drenching them in colorful hues and water. Traditional Holi celebrations are the biggest ones in Mathura, Brindavan – the birth place of Lord Krishna. This festival of colours celebrated all over India and in Mathura & Brindavan on following dates.

Mathura & Barsana Holi Dates 2020

Barsana Holi 2020
World Famous, where Lord Krishna plays with his friends and Gopies (female friends)
3rd March 2020 (Tuesday) – Barsana Laddu (Sweet) Holi in Sri Ji Temple
4th March 2020 (Wednesday) – Barsana Lathmaar Holi (Main Barsana Holi)

Nandgaon Holi 2020
5th March 2020 (Thursday) – Lathmar Holi in Nand Bhawan

Mathura Vrindavan Holi 2020
6th March 2020 (Friday) – RangBharni (Colourful) Banke Bihari Ji Temple Holi

Holika Dahan 2020 (Holi Fire)
9th March 2020 (Monday) – General Holi in Braj

Holi or Dhulendi 2020 – Festival of Colours
10th March 2020 (Tuesday) – Colourful Holi in Brij and North India

Lathmaar Holi in Barsana

The hub of Holi in India – Barsana Holi, is known as Lathmaar Holi (Bamboo Stick).

The Bamboo sticks is in the hands of women and the men need to work a lot to save themselves from the immensely charged up women falk. Barsana – the birth place of Lord Krishna’s beloved Radha, celebrates Holi with extreme enthusiasm as Krishna was famous who started the tradition of colours by first applying colour on Radha’s face.

Completely aware of what welcome awaits them in Barsana, men come fully padded and try their best to escape from the spirited women. Men are not supposed to retaliate on the day. The unlucky men are forefully led away and get a good thrashing from the women. further, they are made to wear a female attire and dance in public.

All in the spirit of Holi festival.

Holika Dahan

The night before Holi, pyres are burnt in North India. On the eve of Holi, typically at or after sunset, the pyre is lit, signifying Holika Dahan. The ritual symbolises the victory of good over evil. People sing and dance around the fire. People also perform Parikrama (circumambulation) of fire.

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Dhulendi 2020

Holi receives its name in the state of Haryana, where Bhabi (elder brother’s wife) gets an upper hand on the day of Holi. And Devar’s (husband’s younger brother) need to watchout.

The Bhabi, on Holi day, get a social sanction to beat their devar and make them pay the price of all the pranks they played on them for the entire year.

In the evening, devars are supposed to bring sweets for their dear Bhabi. Besides, there is a tradition of breaking the pot of buttermilk hung high in the street by forming a human pyramid.

Holi Recipes

Thandai is embedded with the tratition of Holi – Festival of Colors.

Bhang is mixed with milk, ice and cream and added to the Thandai to produce a kick.

A refreshing and healthful drink thandai is savoured in the midst of the play of colours. A glass of Thandai offers instant energy and sets the mood for playing with color and add more joy to Holi –  Festival of colours.

Drinking thandai in Holi also gels with the weather as in North India temperature runs high in March and Thandai is a coolant. Besides, when laced with the intoxicating bhang thandai is used as a mood setter for the festival of Holi.

Some recipes of Holi

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