Happy Holi - 2014

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Top Places to Celebrate Holi in India

Why is Holi celebrated in India?

The word comes from Holi' is taken from the word 'hola”. It is a way to offer prayer before the Almighty as Thanksgiving for good harvest. Legends have it that the day signifies the victory of good over evil just like Prahalad was saved from Holika. People on this day forgive and forget repair their torn relationships and play with colors, dance and enjoy it to the fullest on thus colorful day.

Barsana Latha Mar Holi

Barsana is the hub of Holi in India, where this colorful festival is known as Lathmaar Holi, a regional Holi celebrated in Uttar Pradesh. The word Lath stands for “a stick” and maar means to “beat up”. As part of the tradition the women of Barsana-the birthplace of Radha beat up men from Nandgaon-the birthplace of Krishna, when they come to play Holi. The celebration usually takes place a day before Holi.

Mathura and Vrindavan : - Traditional Holi

The Holi celebrations at Mathura and Vrindavan start on Vasant Panchami, which is usually 40 days before the main Holi celebrations. While Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is the place where he spent his childhood. A week before Holi, the Sri Krishna Janmasthami at Mathura is one of the most renowned sights. Moreover, the five day celebration in Vrindavan at Shri Banke Bihari Mandir is also a prominent celebration.

Delhi : - Modern Holi

If you wish to enjoy it to the fullest and groove to some of the best dance tunes and get mad, then Delhi has a lot more in store for you. The famous Holi Cow Festival that takes place a short distance out of Delhi is one of the best Madness venues to let lose your soul, get drenched with bhang lassi, play with various colors, enjoy the best of food, and music, all under one roof.

Shantiniketan, West Bengal: Cultural Holi

Shantiniketan celebrates Holi as Vasanta Utsav or Spring Festival. The festival was introduced by Rabindranath Tagore, the famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate. This annual festival is celebrated with great zeal at the Vishva Bharati University where students dress up and dance to the tunes of Tagore's songs as part of the cultural program.

Purulia - West Bengal : - Folk Holi

Holi in the district of Purulia of West Bengal is totally a folk festival that starts a day before Holi and goes till the actual day of Holi. The locals sing and play with various colors as well as enjoy various folk arts comprising Chau dance, Darbari Jhumur, Natua dance and folk songs. The festival is organized by the local villagers themselves that is the most drawing thing here.

Jaipur - Holi and Elephants Festival

The Holi celebration in Jaipur is kicked off by an elephant festival. As part of the celebration, elephant parades, elephants beauty contests, folk dances and tug-of-war between elephants takes place on this colorful day. The festival invites both local and foreigner visitors.

Bollywood Celebrities Holi

The colorful festival of Holi is highly celebrated in India with great pomp and show. The famous festivals are also depicted into famous Bollywood flicks that show it significance in India.

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