In Assam, Holi is known by the name Phagwah. The festival is celebrated over two days. While usually on Holika Dahan, a bonfire or a puppet is burned, in Assam it is signified by burning clay to the ground. On the 2nd day, like most others, the locals celebrate it with colours.
The people of Bengal welcome spring with Basant Utsav which is celebrated with songs and dance wearing saffron clothes. The main Holi festivities are however celebrated in the Dol Jatra also known as Dol Purnima where idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession. To add to the fun, men spray water and colours at this procession.
In the local Bhojpuri dialect, the festival is known as Phaguwa. In Bihar it is very important to light the Holika pyre before playing Holi. Bhang is a popular drink during the celebrations. Holi is played with folk songs, water and colours.
Holi isn’t very popular in south India. However, when celebrated, it is known by distinct like Manjal Kuli in Kerala which takes place in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.
In the Kumaon region where Khadi holi is played, the locals wear traditional clothes, sing khari songs and dance in groups as part of the tradition. They move in tolis, and greet the people they pass by. Baithika Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila Holi are other names for this musical gathering.