New Delhi, Mar 1: Holi also Known as 'festival of colours' is a Hindu Spring festival, which signifies the victory of good over evil will be celebrated on the 2nd March this year. Preparation of the celebration has started already. Everyone is busy preparing Holi parties by making sweets, buying colours. But every state has its own style of celebrating Holi. Let's look at some of the Indian States Holi:
Barsana, a town near Mathura in the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh, celebrates Lath mar Holi in the large area of the Radha Rani temple. Thousands of people gather to observe the popular Lath Mar Holi. In Lath Mar Holi women beat up men with sticks as those on the observer become amused, sing Holi songs and shout "Sri Radhey" or "Sri Krishna".
The Holi songs of Braj Mandal are sung in pure Braj ( the local language). Holi celebrated at Barsana is very different because here women chase men away with sticks. Males also sing provocative songs in a bid to grab the attention of women. Then women go on the offensive and use long wood sticks called lathis to beat the men, who protect themselves with shields.
Holi is known as Phaguwa in the Bhojpuri dialect In Bihar. On the eve of Phalgun Poornima, people light bonfires known as Holika Dahan. They put dried cow dung cakes, the wood of the Araad or Redi tree, grains from the new harvest. At the time of Holika people assemble near the bonfire.
The eldest member of the gathering or a purohit start the lighting. He then smears others with color as a mark of greeting. Next day the festival is celebrated with colors, Many sweets and lots of music and dance. Traditionally, people also clean their houses before to mark the festival.
Kumaoni Holi in Uttarakhand includes a musical affair. It has different forms such as the Baithki Holi, the Khari Holi, and the Mahila Holi. In Baithki Holi and Khari Holi, people sing songs with a touch of melody, fun and religious practice. These songs are basically based on classical ragas.
The songs of the Khari Holi are sung by the people sporting traditional white churidar pajama and kurta and dance in groups to the tune of ethnic musical instruments such as the dhol and hurka.
Holi also called 'Phakuwa' in Assamese, is celebrated all over Assam. Locally known as 'Dol Jatra', associated with Satras of Barpeta (a district in Assam), Holi is celebrated over two days.
On the first day, the burning of clay huts is seen in Barpeta and lower Assam region which signifies the Holika Dahan. On the second day, Holi is celebrated with color powders. The Holi songs devoted to Lord Krishna are also sung in the regions of Barpeta.
In Maharashtra, Holi Purnima is also celebrated as Shimga, festivities that last a week. A week before the festival, youngsters go around the community for collecting firewood and money. On the day of Shimga, the firewood is collected into a huge pile. In the evening, the fire is started.
Every household brings a meal and dessert, for worshipping fire god. Puran Poli is the main delicacy and children shout "Holi re Holi puranachi poli". Shimga signifies the elimination of all evil. The color celebrations here take place on the day of Rang Panchami, five days after Shimga.