The month of March might remind people about different things like examinations and taxation, but when it comes to Celebration, the month of March can’t remind us of anything better than the colorful festival of Holi. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show In many parts of North India and also in a few places in the South. Although this festival has a Universal appeal with regards to colors, there are a few places that stand out in the list of places where Holi is celebrated with a greater intensity of celebration!
Here are a few places where Holi is celebrated in the most amazing fashion:
Hampi – the Holi of South India:
We have always thought of Holi to be a North Indian festival. While it is true to a considerable extent, it is not fair to totally Quarantine South India from this celebration. the former capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom is also a hot seat for the celebration of Holi in South India. Maybe, the driving force behind Holi being such a great celebration in Hampi is because of the overwhelming number of Travellers from the west who throng in huge numbers to see this UNESCO World Heritage site. In all this, it has to be acknowledged that Hampi is a great place to celebrate Holi where the entire town dons a very festive mood with a lot of colors, drums, and celebrations overall.
Dharavi Slum in Mumbai:
The very image that hits our head when we hear the word ‘slum’ is that of a depressing, downtrodden and a chaotic agglomeration of cottages and kutcha houses. However, during the time of holy, this place sports a totally different flavor altogether. People who are familiar with the evergreen Tamil film Nayagan would be aware of the festivity of Holi aptly portrayed in the song ‘Andhi Mazhai Megham.’ there are specialized tour and travel packages that cater to providing you the experience of playing Holi with the children in the slums of Dharavi, where the happiness of Holi is totally unattenuated and cute to say the least.
Anandpur Sahib in Punjab:
We have always been full as a festival of colors and not as anything else. However, in this place called Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, Holi takes a Sikh avatar. Conceptualized by the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, this festival is called as Hola Mohalla. Instead of people playing with colors, you can see a lot of games and activities that showcase the strength and the sportiveness of the people around. The events include wrestling, Sword fighting, martial arts and even Turban tying. This is not just a festival, but more of a tradition. The practice of Hola Mohalla dates back to the year 1701.
Cultural Holi at Shantiniketan:
The very name Shantiniketan would be giving away for who started this culture. Yes, it is none other than India’s very own Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. This festival is a fine example of how Bengal mergers the core aspects of its culture along with the cultural signatures of India. The festival is observed as Basanta Utsav, literally translate into spring festival. People who gather for this festival get dressed up in the colors of spring and dance around the campus of the sprawling Visva Bharati University. This, however, ends with the sprinkling of colors which makes the festival Indian as much as the festival is Bengali.
The Royal Holi at Udaipur:
It can’t be helped that anything that has got to do with Rajasthan, and especially the cities of Udaipur, Bikaner, and Jaisalmer has a touch of ‘Royal’ in it. The Holi celebration at Udaipur is not an exception to this Golden rule. One of the signatures of the Holi celebration in the Mewar district is insanely huge Bonfire that is it on the night before the Holi. The Holi celebration at Udaipur would not be complete without the magnificent procession of the Royal Family of Mewar.
We have always looked at India to be a melange of cultures. Nothing from pets this fact as loud and clear as the celebration of Holi. You can see a riot of colors in every Street that you visit, and you can see Smiles and happiness on the faces of people that are even greater than the vividness of the colors. There is still a festival that has to match up with the awesomeness and magnificence of Holi!