About the Festival
“The festival of colours”, Holi is one of the most important Hindu festivals signifying victory of Good over Evil. The festival is celebrated widely not only in India and Nepal but also in the parts of America, Europe and South East Asia. Festival lasts for a night and a day.
During the night which is referred to as HolikaDahan or ChhotiHoli, people gather and pray their internal demons/sins to be destroyed the way evil Holika was killed in fire. Next morning is the RangwaliHoli or BadiHoli, where people smear each other with colours and drench each other with the help of water filled balloons and canons. Customary drinks like Bhang is distributed to create a sense of coolness and openness, its an intoxicating drink but is served in light propotions.
While Holi is celebrated in almost every part of India, Holi in Braj is especially famous. Braj is a historical region which covers the area of Mathura, Vrindavan and some nearby areas. Holi here attracts tourists and pilgrims from all over the world because of it’s special customs and traditions. Mathura is the birth-place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he grew up in his childhood.
People then dance to the tunes of drums, songs and celebrate the festival by enjoying each other’s groups. After sobering up people visit each other’s houses with delicacies and enjoy dinners.
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