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Holi 2024: From Hola Mohalla to Dol Jatra; unique Holi rituals across India

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- March 23rd 2024 01:46 PM
Holi 2024: From Hola Mohalla to Dol Jatra; unique Holi rituals across India

Holi 2024: From Hola Mohalla to Dol Jatra; unique Holi rituals across India

How Holi celebrated across country: India is celebrated for its cultural diversity. Different regions, traditions and rituals enrich India's cultural heritage. 

The festival of colours is no exception. You will be amazed to know that the celebration of colours comes with unconventional rituals, which are steeped in the regional ethos of the nation. As India is celebrating 'Holi' on March 25 this year, let’s look at the unique Holi rituals across India

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Holi 2024: Unique Holi rituals across India

Lathmar Holi in Barsana and Nandgaon 
A unique ritual is practised in Barsana village in Uttar Pradesh where women beat males with wooden sticks. Men sometimes tease the women to get their attention and then shield themselves from their beating. 

Widow's Holi in Vrindavan
In Vrindavan, widows break the societal norms by participating in Holi celebrations. They gather at the ancient Gopinath Temple and play with colors, symbolizing the breaking of social barriers and embracing joy and freedom

Hola Mohalla in Punjab 
Hola Mohalla is celebrated a day after Holi by Nihang Sikhs in Punjab. The festivities include a display of martial arts, horse-riding, and reciting poetry, primarily to pay homage to the bravery of Sikh warriors followed by colourful Holi celebrations.

Holi Ashes in Varanasi
Varanasi, the city famous for its Holi celebrations, has a shocking custom. Following the priest's puja, people in the activity throw ashes from cremation pyres at one another. Usually, gulal is added to the ashes to give them colour.

Holika Dahan
Several locations in India observe this custom, which involves building enormous heaps of dry branches and unwanted items, which are subsequently set on fire. It means welcoming happiness and success into our life while letting go of sorrows and negativity.


Holi with turmeric in Karnataka
In some parts of Karnataka, especially in the coastal regions, Holi is celebrated with turmeric instead of traditional colors. Turmeric, known for its medicinal properties, is mixed with water and applied on the skin, symbolizing purification and rejuvenation. 

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Unique Holi rituals add to the diversity and richness of India's cultural heritage, showcasing the different ways in which the festival is celebrated across the country. Each ritual has its own significance and symbolism, reflecting the local traditions, beliefs, and customs of the region.

(With inputs from agencies)




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