Holi in addition to celebrating the triumph of good over evil is also a festival to welcome spring. Legends say that, Holi began in the Barsana region of India, which includes Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. So, let’s start of here
1. Uttar Pradesh:
In the Barsana region of Uttar Pradesh, Lathmar Holi is celebrated. Like the name suggests, it is played not just with colours but with Lathis. Tradition asks that women chase away men with lathis but it doesn’t involve beating or hurting of any kind, only pure fun!
2. Maharasthra (and most other places):
Next let’s talk about the most common way to celebrate Holi. The day after Holika or the burning of wood that symbioses the death of the festivals namesake, celebration involves throwing colour, coloured water, literally any means to bathe someone in colour completely. This day is known as Ranga Panchami.
Well, we mentioned Holika above, but the royal family of Mewar raise the standards much higher. On the 4th day of Holi, locals light bonfires to mark the occasion and get rid of evil spirits in what is known as Holika Dahan. The event begins with a grand procession complete with decorated horses and the royal band. Later, the traditional sacred fire is lit and an effigy of Holika is burnt.
Holi is also known as Yaosang here and is celebrated for six days starting on the day of the full moon. The Thabal chongba is a Manipuri folk dance that is performed during the celebrations. Just like most places that follow traditions, Holi here too is played with colours.
Observed by the Nihang Sikhs, Hola Mohalla, known as the warrior Holi is an exhibition of martial arts and including singing boisterously a day before Holi.