April 3, 2020
Art-n-Culture

Holi festival of fun and Color: Suman Doonga

Indian culture is renowned for its unique richness of tradition and diversity all over the world. All festivals are the best expression of our heritage, most notable being Holi known as the ‘Festival of Color’, Holi always celebrated in many parts of the world, but it is here in the sub-continent where you will find a fascinating diversity even in the celebration colorful this festival. The festival is celebrated on the full-moon night of ‘Phalgun’, which falls in the month of March and marks the onset of spring, which signifies, freshness, beauty and color.

Lath Mar Holi:

Lath Maar Holi, very famous as the festivities are called in Barsana, one of the most unusual festive traditions in the country. In a reversal of fortunes, males are at the receiving end in the rituals held in UP where the females from the village beat the men with huge sticks, called dandas happily. The men often catcall and tease the women to get their attention, after which they are pretend and to defend themselves with shields. It is full of enjoyment and fun among people of the villages.

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Bhang:

In Holi mainly the consumption of thandai, a sweet thick milk-based drink with bhang as the primary ingredient with lots of grind dry fruits has long been a part of traditional Holi celebrations across the country. Bhang is basically an intoxicant, prepared from cannabis. While cannabis consumption is illegal in India, but in such occasions because of the religious significance of the consumptions in this festival the cannabis plant often been described as a gift of the gods and has been quality with healing powers, in our ancient scriptures this was long before modern medicine plant.

Colors:

Emphasize on harmony and nature ancient Indian culture and religious rituals have always had a deep connection to mother earth and so colors have traditionally been made using natural dyes and herbs. The use of pakka colors that contain toxic chemicals and petrol. Today, colors sold for Holi are now often made with harmful chemicals like chromium, silica, lead, and metal oxides that can even cause many skin problems.

Holika Dahen

Holika Dahan is a tradition that is celebrated in any parts of the country and involves the creation of a huge bonfire on the eve of Holi. The sacred bonfire is worshipped by Hindus, people dance, chant hymns, and make offerings around the fire and then disperse for the night.. Once the flames die down, the villagers walk barefooted across the burning embers in act of daredevilry or devotion offering to the God.

Idols of Swings of Radha and Krishna

In India some parts of Bengal, the festival is also called Dol Yatra because of a peculiar tradition associated with the fun festivities. As part of the celebrations, the idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are paraded after being placed on swings, with devotees jostling for a chance to swing them. The men also throw red powder, known as ‘abeer’ colored water, while the women sing religious songs and dance around the swings.

Basanta Utsav

Basanta Utsav is another tradition of Holi celebrations that can be celebrated in many parts of Bengal. The roots of this tradition are relatively modern, having been introduced by India’s legendary Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.. The refined celebrations are most prominent at Shantiniketan and are characterized not just with colors, but with cultural programs that include music song, dance, and the chanting of hymns with full of enjoyment.

Elephant Utsav

Jaipur Known as the ‘pink city’, surprise that people of Jaipur celebrates the occasion of Holi with characteristic pomp and show.. The merry-making that is part of the tradition here includes what is known as the Elephant Festival, making the festivities truly unique and decorated traditionally colorful what could be more unusual than parades, beauty contests, and tug of wars, with elephants as the main participants having different computations.

Hola Mohalla:

In north India Punjab the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh believed that the festival should be used to showcase the martial skills of the community. Since then Hola Mohalla, as it is called, is celebrated with feats of physical endurance, including martial arts displays, wrestling, mock sword-fights, and many more to showcase the physical strength of Sikh community. Hindu festival of Holi has also taken on a multicultural character and is celebrated by one and all.
People visiting family and friends exchanging gifts and sweets. In Varanasi people play wet holi and in the evening wear pure white clothes and celebrate holi with fresh flowers. Mouthwatering gujjias and in north india and Puran Pli and Mahrastra and south india with bhang to distress. Holi is a colorful and very important festival with various customs associated with fun.
By
Suman Doonga
Director Media
CSF Uttar Pradesh
SPIC MACAY

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