Pictures that show Holi Celebrations in Different Parts of India
“Holi Ke Din Dil Khil Jaate Hain, Rangon Mein Rang Mil Jaate Hain”
How true the song is!! Holi is the festival that people celebrate with hearts and arms wide open for a new and fresh start leaving behind all the grudges and negative thoughts. There is rich or poor, no woman or man, no child or adult on this day. All are treated equally and everyone freely puts colors on each other’s face. The Holi Celebrations of Different Parts of India vary from place to place. The festival of Holi has got different importance in different parts on India.
Holi is a festival of colors, balloons, water guns, love, warmth and gujiyas. Red, pink, green, yellow, blue and all the other colors are seen sprinkled on people everywhere. Not only people look colorful, the natural environment also shows its various colors during the awesome festival. Various colorful flowers and leaves bloom all around during the Holi Celebrations in Different Parts of India states.
This is day when you can do all types of mischiefs with the people and can easily get over it by just saying ‘Bura Na Maano, Holi Hai”. In every nook and corner of the country, people are seen enjoying and singing all the Amitabh Bachchan’s Holi songs like anything. There is fun and frolic seen everywhere and people are seen full of zeal and enthusiasm. Here are some of the photographs of Holi Celebrations in Different Parts of India that will give a clear picture of what Holi means to the Indian population.
Captured and Gathered Holi Celebrations in Different Parts of India
- Jammu and Kashmir
In Jammu and Kashmir, Hindus and Muslims celebrate the festival together in high spirits to mark the beginning of the harvesting of the summer crop and throw colored powered and water along with dancing and singing. It is a festival of relief and joy to the people in the war wrecked state.
- Himachal Pradesh
In Himachal Pradesh, on the night before Holi, Holika Dahan or Bonfire talks place. People dance and sing around the bonfire to keep the spirit of the festival. The next day is the Holi when people throw powdered colors and colorful water on each other.
In Punjab, people go for drawings and paintings of motifs, flowers, ferns and other things on their walls and courtyards. The art is called as the chowk-poorana or chowkpurana in Punjab. The art keeps the festivity of the occasion.
In Uttarakhand, Holi takes the forms of the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi and the Mahila Holi in the Kumaon region. Here, people sing melodious songs along with playing classical music. The songs are sung as per the time of the day in a particular sequence throughout the day.
- Uttar Pradesh
In the Brasana region of Uttar Pradesh, people celebrate Lath mar Holi in the Radha Rani temple compound where women beat men with sticks singing Holi songs and shouting ‘Sri Radhe’ and ‘Sri Krishna’. Special pujas are also organized to worship Lord Krishna.
Apart from sprinkling colors on each other, there is a special custom for Bhabhis beating their devars with sticks to make them pay the price of the pranks they have played on their bhabhis.
The only state where you will get to celebrate Holi with the royal family. Elephants are decorated in different colors and they look more colorful than the human brings on the festival.
There are bonfires organized at the community gatherings where people offer raw coconut and corn to the fire. A pot of buttermilk is hung at heights and young boys tend to break it by reaching it by making human pyramids.
- Madhya Pradesh
The Indian Central State celebrates the festival by spraying colored powders and waters on each other. The Bhil tribesmen of the state celebrate the festival in a different way with their own traditions and customs.
Gulaal is just not enough for the people of Delhi. They can celebrate the festival of Holi with literally anything that includes eggs, grease, paint and anything that is sticky and hard to get off.
People light bonfires on the occasion of Holi and put wood of the Araad or Redi tree and Holika tree, dried cow dung cakes, grains from the fresh harvest and unwanted wood leaves in the bonfire. Holi is celebrated with colors, water and even mud or clay in Bihar.
- West Bengal
The state of joy, Bengal, celebrates the Holi festival by placing the icons of Krishna and Radhain decorated palanquins and take them around the streets. There is dancing and singing on the tones of ektara, dubri, veena, etc.
The Holi festival is celebrated with great charm and fervor in Jharkhand. People greet each other with colored powders and forgetting about all the negativities and grudges prevailing.
‘Dola’ is celebrated on the occasion of Holi in Odisha. The icons of the Jagannath replace the icons of Krishna and Radha. Natural colors like known as ‘abira’ were offered to the deities
On the night before Holi, people collect Chhattisgarhi Jada, dry branches of trees and the dry leaves of rice giving it the shape of a hut and Baiga performs puja on it and at the end of the puja, the hut is set on fire.
In Maharashtra, young people go around the community to collect money and firewood and set up a huge pile in neighborhoods that is set on fire in the evening. Puran Poli is prepared on the occasion and children shout “Holi re Holi puranachi poli”.
- Andhra Pradesh
Holi festival begins with ‘Bhang’ that is prevalently available almost all over the India on the occasion of Holi. But Hyderabad is the place that where the Holi festival ends the best with its Hyderabadi dum biryani.
The Holi festival celebration sin Goa include Holika Puja and Dahan, Dhulvad or Dhuli vandan, Haldune or offering yellow and saffron color or Gulal to the deity. There are traditional folk dances and modern floats on the festival.
On the occasion of Holi, children collect money and week for the Holi celebrations, nearly a week ago and on the night before Holi, the wood is lit. A unique dance ‘Bedara Vesha’ is also done on the occasion of Holi.
- Tamil Nadu
In Tamil Nadu, on the occasion of Holi, stars Uthiram and Pournami occur together and it is believed that on this day many mythological figures and deities got married and hence, making it there marriage anniversary.
Holi is celebrated as Ukkuli in Konkani or Manjal Kuli in Malayalam in local dialect of Kerala. The festival is celebrated around the Konkani temple called Gosripuram Thirumala temple.
Children collect money and celebrate Kamuda on the occasion of Holi. Children also collect rice, Mokkajonna and wood for weeks before Holi and on the Kamuda night, those are set on fire.
The people of Sikkim celebrate Holi by breaking the buttermilk pot or matki that is hung at a height by making human pyramids. People meet and greet each other with the color splashes.
- Arunachal Pradesh
Like other Indian states, Arunachal Pradesh also celebrates Holi with great pomp and show. People are filled with enthusiasm and zeal. They throw colored water and powders on each to mark the occasion of Holi.
In Assam, Holi is celebrated for two days by the name ‘Phakuwa’. It is locally called as the Dol Jatra that is associated with Satras of Barpeta. Clay huts are burnt on the first day of Holi and on the second day, people spray powder colors on each other.
Holi festival is celebrated with great zest and fervor in Nagaland. People are seen happy and enthusiastic on the day of the festival. Colored water and colored powders are sprayed by people on each other.
The festival of Holi is celebrated for 6 days in Manipur. The festival begins with the burning of thatched hut of hay and twigs. Children collect nakadeng as gifts for the first two days.
People of Meghalaya celebrate the festival of Holi with each other without caring about the religious background of the people. People sprinkle powdered colors on each other and the festival is celebrated with great pomp and show.
During the time of Holi, people of Mizoram celebrate fest of Chapchar Kut that spreads a blissful aura. It is a seven day festival during which musical merriment takes place from dancing to other music competitions.
People rejoice with sweets and other festive delicacies on the occasion of Holi in Tripura. The sprinkling of colored powder and water takes place in Tripura that reflects a sense of joy, togetherness and unity.