The winter is gone and its time for the sun to shine, flowers to bloom and for us to have some fun with colours; and fortunately Holi is just around the corner. According to Hindu mythology, this is an important festival, and we have been hearing the popular tale from childhood about Bhakt Prahlad and Devi Holika. Now to give you a small intro, Holika was the sister of Hiranyakashyap who is also known as the avatar of Kans. Hiranyakashyap ordered his sister to kill Prahlad by entering the fire as she was blessed by the fire god himself that he will never harm her. But to everyone’s surprise, Prahlad was saved from the fire and Holika burnt in the fire which is why we call it Holika Dahan. After this incident, the people of the village celebrated Prahlad’s rebirth with colours and joy which is now called Holi.
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This festival is something that assures the win of good over bad. But did you know there are 6 different types of Holi celebrated in India? It might sound astonishing but that is why India is known to be the country which is rich in culture. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started:
1. Braj Ki Holi: Krishna was born in Vrindavan and here the festival of Holi is the most important festival of the year. You will get delicious food and traditional delicacies, one should definitely visit this place for Holi.
2. Dulandi Holi: This Holi is played in Haryana and men form a human pyramid to get the buttermilk hung high on the streets (reminds us of Gokulashtami). The tradition is such that the sister-in-law beats their brother-in-law as a gesture of punishment for teasing their bhabi’s.
3. Rangpanchami: The type of Holi we have been playing from our childhood. This festival is also famous amongst the fishermen as Shimga.
4. Lathmaar Holi: This Holi is celebrated in the birthplace of Shri Krishna where people celebrate Holi different from any of the above. This Holi is called Lathmaar because the women use wooden sticks to beat men and men are not allowed to retaliate. Those who get beaten up are made to dance wearing the clothes of women. Great fun to watch, isn’t it?
5. Basant Utsav: Celebrated in West Bengal as Vasantotsav (Autumn). The festival was originated by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. People of every age dance and enjoy to their fullest during this fest.
6. Phagu Purnima: Celebrated in Bihar Uttar Pradesh, the incident of Holika Dahan is recreated every year which symbolises the beginning of the new year!
Which is your favourite type of Holi? Let us know in the comments.
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