10 Awesome Places To Celebrate Holi In India In 2018

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Holi Celebrations! Long weekend coming up. Travel on your mind. But still wondering where to go? Say no more, humble travel buffs, we’re here to end your concern in a jiffy! Holi is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in March in India. This holi-day, let’s celebrate Holi away from home! Travel to one (or two or three or maybe all) of these destinations in the country for the crazy Holi celebration in India.

How is Holi celebrated in Different Parts of India?

Holi is one of the most famous festivals of India. The festival majorly involves Holika Dahan (bonfire) on the first night, followed by a festival of colors on the next day. However, different regions of India celebrate this splendid festival differently.

Holi in Bankar Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

Holi is celebrated with great gusto and fervour in Vrindavan. It welcomes the advent of spring and bids good riddance to the cold chills of winter. Coming underway on Vasant Panchami, Holi marks a grand celebration in Vrindavan with huge processions of people smeared in different colors dancing to the tunes of the musicians.

On the ekadashi before Holi, the city celebrates Phoolon wali Holi where flowers are thrown at the devotees by the temple priests. Another unique celebration of Holi in Vrindavan is the Widow’s Holi that began a few years back to break the convention that prevented widow’s from playing with colors or wearing colored clothes.

When & Where

  • Traditional Holi: 1 March 2018 across the city
  • Phoolon wali Holi: Bankar Bihari Temple
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The Peculiar Lathmar Holi at Barsana

In another bizarre tradition that has been followed since ages in U.P, the men are beaten up with sticks by women while playing Holi! Originating from a small village called Barsana near Mathura, the Lathmar Holi can actually be said to be the weirdest way of celebrating the festival. However, it’s quite a sight to catch the giggling women taking sheer pleasure in putting the sticks to use. The Barsana Holi is certainly the most famous Holi in India.

When:24th Feb 2018 to 2nd March 2018

The Spring Festival at Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan is an old and premier university in West Bengal, where the great Nobel laureate and poet, Rabindranath Tagore introduced the Basant Utsav to relive the ancient tradition. Till today the tradition is followed and celebrated in unmatched zest and vigor. Inspired by Holi and spring the students dress up in colorful attire and put on a huge cultural extravaganza for the visitors. All this happiness, colors, and joy of Shantiniketan makes it the best Holi celebration in India.

When: TBA, most probably 1 March 2018

Holi Cow! Delhi

With kids turning into color hooligans and elders crazy with fun and frolic, it’s a known fact that Delhi gets a little rowdy during Holi. But if you can get tickets to the ‘mad moozik’ festival, Holy Cow, which is one of the most happening festivals of Delhi, you are in for an awesome time. With a kickass line up including the country’s best independent music acts, Holi Cow is where every music lover flocks together in this spring festival. If you want to have the best Holi festival in India in a different way, then Delhi is your place.

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When: 1st March 2018

Yaoshang Festival of Manipur

Commencing on the full moon day of Phalguna, Holi comes underway the great Yaoshang Festival of Manipur making it a six-day festival. It is quite a cultural extravaganza to witness with a number of folk dancers and musicians performing amid fluorescent lamps and bonfires are put ablaze while people play with gulal. Since the very beginning of Vaishnavism, these two Manipur festivals are celebrated here.

Holla Mohalla in Punjab

The celebrations of Holi in Punjab by the Sikhs differ from the entire country in many ways. Locals shout their hearts out following a tradition. Furthermore, they exhibit their martial arts on this day and have fun with colors in the evening. Delicious halwas, puris, gujias, and malpuas are eaten and served to others.

Date: 1st March 2018

Holi in Hampi

It is rare to find celebrations of Holi in South India. But, due to the presence of a large of western tourists in Hampi, it is highly popular in the city. In addition to the use of colored powder & liquid colors, the celebrations of Holi in Hampi also include a loud riot of music and dance.

Date: 1st March 2018

Holi in Purulia, West Bengal

A 3-day-long Basanta Utsava is a folk festival celebrated in Purulia district of West Bengal. It begins before the actual Holi. People of Purulia sing folk songs, dance, and exhibit their unique folk art. The different forms of folk dance include the stunning Chau, Darbari Jhumur, and Natua, while the famous popular Baul musicians of WB sing melodious songs making it the best Holi in India.

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Date: A day before 1st March 2018

Royal Holi in Udaipur

Holi in Udaipur is absolutely spectacular and royal. On the day of Holi, The Maharaja of Mewar welcomes honorable guests, foreign tourists, and many dignitaries to The Royal City Palace. The Maharana arrives in the celebration wearing traditional clothes and a bonfire is lit in the expansive ground of the palace. The bonfire signifies the triumph of good over evil. There are drums folk dances and folk songs followed by cocktails, a lavish dinner, and wonderful fireworks.

Date: 1st March 2018

Holi in Jaipur

Jaipur is probably among the best places to celebrate Holi in India. It’s not just the enthusiasm of the people of Jaipur that makes it a fun city to celebrate Holi, but also a great effort of Rajasthan Tourism that organizes a special event for visitors on the lawns of Khasa Kothi Hotel. This event features Rajasthani folk dance, song performances, and a festive lunch. Even if you’re not a guest of this hotel, you can attend by event.

Date: 1st March 2018

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