Rituals & Celebrations

holi Rituals & CelebrationsHoli celebrations start with the burning of Holika on the eve of Holi thus initiating the start of fun filled activity and bonhomie.

During Holi celebrations, the enthusiasm of the people reaches its peak and matches with the nature’s bountifulness. People have the gala time of their life and enjoy their hidden crazy self without any inhibitions. People dance to the rhythm of dholak and sing traditional folk songs in loudest possible pitch. Children enjoy the festival as they throw water filled balloons at passersby with a ready answer of “Holi hai”. In the midst of these colouring games are savoured the mouth watering holi specialities like gujiya, malpuas, mathri, puran poli, dahi badas etc and downed with glasses full of thandai. In some states there is also a folklore of breaking the pot full of buttermilk which is hung high on the streets. A group of boys form a human pyramid and one of them breaks the pot. Womenfolk throw buckets of color water on them and sing folk songs. People exchange sweets and hug each other exchanging the warm wishes for Holi.

Nevertheless, at some places especially Mathura and Barsana Holi celebrations continue for a week as each major temple organize a Holi bash on different day.

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