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5 Places To Celebrate Holi In India

by Shruti Botadra
on May 14,2015

The best places to celebrate Holi in India really depend on what kind of experience you want to have. You'll find activities taking place almost all over India, but they range from traditional temple rituals to modern parties with DJs, bhang, and plenty of colors. 

Lets check out the options of celebrating the Holi festival traditionally- 

1.  Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

The main venue for Holi celebrations in Mathura is in the vicinity of Holi Gate. A long procession with colors and music takes place on Holi (March 6, 2015) from the temples along the river to the gate.

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2. Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

The week long celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan are legendary. Here the Holi is played with both flowers and colors.

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3. Shantiniketan, West Bengal

The celebration of Holi as Basanta Utsav (Spring Festival) in Shantiniketan was started by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate  Rabindranath Tagore. Inspired by spring and the colors of Holi, he introduced the occasion as an annual event in his Vishva Bharati University there. Students dress up in spring colors and put on a huge cultural program for visitors, including dances to Tagore's songs. This is followed by the usual throwing of colors. Vasanta Utsav has become a cherished part of Bengali history and culture, and it attracts numerous foreign tourists. 

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4. Purulia, West Bengal

A three day Basanta Utsav folk festival takes place in the Purulia district of West Bengal. It runs in the lead up to Holi and on the actual day. You'll get to sing and play Holi with the locals, as well as enjoy a wide variety of unique folk art. This includes the remarkable Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance, and songs of West Bengal's wandering Baul musicians. What makes the festival special is that it's organized by villagers as a way of helping sustain themselves.

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5. Udaipur, Rajasthan

On the eve of Holi (March 5, 2015) people light bonfires to mark the occasion and ward of evil spirits in a ritual called holika dahan. For an unforgettable regal experience, join in the celebration of Udaipur's Mewar royal family. There will be a magnificent palace procession from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace, including bedecked horses and royal band. Later the traditional sacred fire will be lit and an effigy of Holika burnt.

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auther - Shruti Botadra

Article By Shruti Botadra

A traveler and a writer. Perhaps travel for her is her journey to finding self, being with the world and understanding nature. For she will burst open the oyster of world with her adventure.