Holi: Festivity of Colors
Holi the festival of colors marks the beginning of spring season. This festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm all around Uttar Pradesh signifying the victory of good over evil especially in Braj area of Uttar Pradesh where Holi is celebrated in different forms with gaiety and fervor .
Different forms of Holi celebrated here are :
Barsana Holi (Latthmar Holi):
This is a special type of Holi celebrated in Barsana in unique way. In this women hits men with sticks. Actually, there is a mythology behind this; it is believed that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s village on this day and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offence at this, the women of Barsana chased him away. Since that day this tradition started.
Holi is a special festival for people of Mathura, Vrindavan and nearby area where people relive the legends of Holi that have association with Radha and Krishna. The Holi celebrations continue for a week and each major Krishna temple celebrates Holi on a different day such as Banke Bihari temple, Nandgaon, Gokul and Barsana. Therefore, it is the best time to visit Mathura and their nearby areas to explore new shades of colour and to explore rejoice associated with the festival.
Holi in Vrindavan (Phoolon Ki Holi):
This is also a unique type of Holi played in Vrindavan that is celebrated for seven days.. It is believed that Lord Krishna was jealous of Radha’s fair skin, and decided to colour her; from here the festival of Holi started. Apparently, romance of Radha and Krishna is immortalized in form of raas played during Holi. It is believed that the first Holi played between Radha and Krishan was with colourful flowers. Thus, to continue the tradition, at Vrindavan initially celebrated with flowers, then with Gulal, dry colours and then wet colours.
Huranga is a unique kind of Holi that is celebrated every year at Dauji temple situated near Mathura. This is an aggressive form of Holi where women show their aggression on men. Indeed, during Huranga celebration any man caught by the women gets stripped and beaten. However, only village people can take part in this celebration but others are allowed to witness this unique Holi celebration.