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Ravinder Malik Mar 07 2016

What is the Indian Holi Festival?

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The great Indian Holi Festival is the festival of colours that is celebrated in India with great zeal and enthusiasm. The religious festival is celebrated in spring season on the very next day of full moon in March.

The festival of Holi is a two day event. On first day, a bonfire is made in the evening which is known as Holika Dahan where people gather and sing folk songs. The Holi bonfire has a mythological story of Prahlad associated with it that signifies the victory of good over evil. Next day in the morning, Holi is celebrated by applying herbal colours and coloured water. This day is called Dhulendi. Sweet dishes like Gujiya and special meals are prepared in the spirit of the festival. Various Holi celebrations in India are organized with unlimited music, dance and fun.

The festival of Holi is the celebration of love of Radha and Krishna. In Braj regions, where Lord Krishna grew up, the festival is celebrated for 16 days. This region of Uttar Pradesh including Mathura , Vrindavan and Nand village, is reigned with colours and gusto. The famous Lath-Maar Holi indigenous to the region is a site to experience. The Lord Krishna temples are flooded with devotees where Holi is celebrated with shower of flowers.

There are various ways in which Holi is celebrated in India. Where Lathmaar Holi is celebrated in Mathura-Vrindavan, in Banswara, Rajasthan, Holi is celebrated with much fanfare. In West Bengal, a palanquin procession is carried out in the streets along Holi celebration.

The Indian Holi festival is great event to go outdoors and have fun. Rather, celebrate the festival at some new place as you will get to have an experience for lifetime.

by Natalia Deriabina
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