Holi 2024: Here’s How The Festival of Colours is Celebrated Across India – News18

Published By: Nibandh Vinod
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Last Updated: March 24, 2024, 09:00 IST
Mumbai, India
Holi will be celebrated on March 25. (Images: Shutterstock)
Holi is one of the most significant festivals in India. This year, the festival will be celebrated on March 25. Traditionally, people come together on this special day. Use of vibrant colours, water guns or balloons on the occasion to amplify the festive spirit is common. Besides the colours and dance, people enjoy various cuisines.
Different regions of India have their own unique ways of celebrating the festival of colours. For instance, Punjabis celebrate Hola Mohalla with grandeur while Biharis revel in the festivities of Phagua. Let us delve deeper into how various states of India celebrate Holi in their distinct ways.

A cherished tradition originating from Uttar Pradesh, Lathmar Holi is a delightful spectacle where men from Nandgaon embark on a spirited journey to Barsana, Radha’s hometown. There, they are greeted in a playful manner by women wielding sticks, symbolising the playful exchanges between Lord Krishna and Radha. Armed with shields, the men engage in a lively defence.

Celebrated in Maharashtra, Rang Panchami unfolds with vibrant energy and enthusiasm on the fifth day after the full moon. People gather in groups to partake in traditional folk songs and spirited dances, setting the stage for a joyous celebration. Amidst laughter and merriment, participants joyfully splash colours on each other.

A cultural extravaganza rooted in West Bengal’s rich heritage, Basanta Utsav finds its origins in the visionary ideals of Rabindranath Tagore. From enchanting dances to soul-stirring songs and captivating poetry readings, Basanta Utsav radiates with the spirit of artistic brilliance, echoing Tagore’s vision of unity and cultural exchange.

A revered tradition among the Sikh community, Hola Mohallaunfolds as a grand spectacle of valour and camaraderie in Punjab. Initiated by Guru Gobind Singh, this celebration symbolises unity and strength. Through martial arts demonstrations, mock battles, and vibrant processions, participants exude solidarity and pride, embodying the courageous spirit of Sikh tradition.

This beloved festival of Bihar resonates with joy and merriment as participants engage in traditional songs and lively dances. Additionally, the preparation and sharing of delectable sweets such as malpua and gujiya further enhance the celebration.


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