Best Places To Celebrate Holi Festival in India

One of the major festivals of India, Holi is celebrated with eagerness and gaiety on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of spring, a season of joy and hope.

Barsana-Holi with Sticks: Holi of Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, a village, 42 kms away from Mathura, is of particular interest. To this day, the village women have the freedom to literally take up cudgels against their menfolk, a right they exercise with all enthusiasm and shower colored water as an expression of joy.The main celebrations at Barsana, take place at the Ladliji temple, dedicated to Sri Radha Rani. Hindu devotees daubed in colours gather at the Radhe-Krishna temple to celebrate Holi. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". The women, draped in vibrant saris, then go on the offensive and use long staves called 'laathis' to beat the men, who protect themselves with shields.

Mathura,Vrindavan Treditional Holi: With an immensely strong bonding with Lord Krishna, people of Mathura and Vrindavan celebrate Holi for over a week. Each major Krishna temple celebrates Holi on a different day. Of immense interest for the tourist is the celebrations which take place at the famous Bakai-Bihari Temple at Vrindavan. He narrated his woe to mother Yashoda, who teasingly asked him to colour Radha's face in which ever colour he wanted.he environment is filled with a unique thrill, with people passionately chanting the name of Lord Krishna and Radha. Interesting celebrations also takes place at Gulal-Kund in Braj where boys mock Krishna leela on the day of Holi.

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