10 Different Types of Holi Celebrated Across India

Deeksha Shivhare

Deeksha Shivhare
February 28 , 2018

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As soon as we hear about Holi, our imaginations transport us into an ethereal world filled with colours and euphoria. Rightly so, Holi is touted as the festival of colours. It marks the onset of spring and signifies the triumph of good over evil.

But while we cannot keep calm because Holi is just around the corner and our partying plans ain't yet in place, let us, this Holi, break the clichéd norms and celebrate Holi in a different style as is celebrated across different regions in India. Let's have a look at them.


1. Lathmar Holi- Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

Lathmar Holi


In the braj regions of Nandgaon, Barsana, Vrindavan and Mathura of Uttar Pradesh, Holi celebration is a month-long affair and playing Holi with just colors isn't enough. Contrary to the conventional style, women in these regions play Holi by chasing away men joyfully with lathis, who are, in turn, equipped with Dhal or shields to defend themselves.

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2. Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra- West Bengal

Basant Utsav


Holi celebrations in West Bengal take the form of Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra. Women are prominently dressed in yellow on the ocassion of Basant Utsav, which is celebrated to herald the beginning of spring season. Shantiniketan in Bolpur is the perfect place to witness the fervour and zeal with which Basant Utsav is celebrated in West Bengal. Tagore's poetry, recital songs and cultural dance programmes makes the ambience of the place nostalgic and worth cherishing for a lifetime.

Dol Jatra is celebrated the very next day in which the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are carried in a procession through the streets, with music and colors adding unparalleled energy to the festivities.

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3. Khadi Holi- Kumaon, Uttarakhand

Khadi Holi


Khadi Holi, which also goes by the names of Baithika Holi and Mahila Holi, is played in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Holi celebrations, here, translate into musical gatherings with locals wearing traditional attire, singing Khari songs and moving around the streets in tolis, greeting people they pass by.

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4. Phaguwa- Bihar

Phaguwa


The unparalleled zest with which Phaguwa, as is Holi called in the local Bhojpuri dialect, is celebrated across Bihar is sure to give you major Holi goals. Holika Dahan, in which a pyre is lighted a night before Holi, is an integral part of the Holi festivities in Bihar. Holi is then played with colors, flowers, gulal and water, with consumption of bhang adding the missing energy to the celebrations.

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5. Hola Mohalla- Punjab

Hola Mohalla


Hola Mohalla, actually celebrated a day after Holi in Punjab, is the biggest festive event for Sikhs around the world and symbolizes the beginning of the Sikh New Year. It is more of a tribute to the courage and valour of Sikh warriors and is celebrated mainly by a particular sect called Nihang Sikhs. The festivities involve display of martial arts, performance of folk songs and dances.

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6. Shigmo- Goa

Shigmo


While Goa is all famous for its beaches, glamorous parties and night clubs, Shigmo festival lends it a cultural hue. Shigmo festival, celebrated to mark the onset of spring season, is the major festival of Hindus in Goa and involves traditional folk dances and street performances, along with colourful processions with people smearing colours on each other.

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7. Yaosang- Manipur

Yaosang


Yaosang, as is Holi called in Manipur, involves six-day long celebrations beginning from the day of the full moon. Burning of a hut made of hay and twigs, traditional folk dances, worshiping of Lord Krishna, playing with colours are all a part of the festivities here but the major highlight is the Thabal Chongba, a Manipuri folk dance that is performed during the celebration.

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8. Royal Holi- Udaipur, Rajasthan

Royal Holi


Exuberant and astounding arrangements are made by the Udaipur's Mewar royal family to celebrate Holi. On one hand, localites light bonfires to ward off evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan which culminates with the burning of the effigy of Holika. On the other hand, lavish procession is taken out from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace, which includes bedecked horses and royal band, magnificent enough to leave you spellbound.

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9. Rang Panchami- Maharashtra

Rang Panchami


Holi, known as Shimga or Rang Panchami in Maharashtra, includes Holika Dahan and other similar rituals as observed in the north, but what sets it apart are the extensive colour celebrations that take place on the fifth day after Holika Dahan, making Holi a week-long affair in the state.

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10. Manjal Kuli or Ukuli- Kerala

Manjal Kuli


Kerala has its own unique yet splendid way of celebrating Holi in the form of Manjal Kuli or Ukuli. Even though the festival isn't as popular in Kerala as in the northern parts of the country, Konkani and Kudumbi communities in the region play Holi with turmeric as the primary colour and with unequaled zeal and passion.

So, if you're still fretting about what plans to chalk out for this Holi, pick a few of the above forms and recreate different versions of Holi at your own place.

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