Amazing Ways Holi Is Celebrated Throughout India

Man’s sin cannot be easily washed away from the memories of History. It will keep wafting around like the echoes of the past reminding us humans of all our flaws. Warning us about the brutal things we are capable of. Some figures are so dark and sadistic even History wants to deny their existence but then again some memories refuse to die. Here are a few men that personified Evil in the purest sense :

Josef Mengele

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Josef Mengele was a physician who was in charge of sending the Jews to concentration camps. He conducted some of the most vile experiments on behalf of the Nazis. He even forced parents to kill their children. His tests took the lives of 2, check 800 twins and send nearly half a million people to death camps. 

Ivan the Terrible

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Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia from 1533 to 1584. He killed animals and humans just because it amused him. During the Novgorod Massacre, website like this he ordered his troops to kill and torture 60,000 of his own countrymen. He took pleasure in watching his subjects being eaten by wild animals.

Talat Pasha

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Talat Pasha, the Prime Minister to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was wholly responsible for the Armenian genocide. He literally ordered his men to wipe out the entire Armenian community. Pasha forced Armenians into concentration camps where they lived in inhumane conditions. He is responsible for killing more than a million Armenians.

King Leopold II of Belgium

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Leopold ruled the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. He fooled the world believe that he was contributing to the development of Congo. But was in fact using the country as a slave labour camp. His men tortured and slaughtered the Congolese people. Under his reign, he killed nearly 50% of the population of Congo.

Idi Amin

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Idi Amin is considered ‘The most sadistic dictator in the 20th century’. He had total disregard for human rights. Amin ordered the killing and expulsion of 80,000 Asians from Uganda. His sadism costed thousands of lives of his own people. He live telecasted executions of soldiers, doctors, and citizens. Amin killed nearly half a million Ugandans.

Pol Pot

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Pol Pot is the only man in history who ordered a genocide against his own country. His notion was to construct a ‘New World’ by destroying the old one. Families were separated and put into slave labor. Cambodians had no rights to eat at unspecified times under Pol Pot, if they were caught doing so, they would be buried alive. He killed nearly 3 million of his own people. 

History is often repeated. Hope it doesn’t though.

Man’s sin cannot be easily washed away from the memories of History. It will keep wafting around like the echoes of the past reminding us humans of all our flaws. Warning us about the brutal things we are capable of. Some figures are so dark and sadistic even History wants to deny their existence but then again some memories refuse to die. Here are a few men that personified Evil in the purest sense :

Josef Mengele

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P.C

Josef Mengele was a physician who was in charge of sending the Jews to concentration camps. He conducted some of the most vile experiments on behalf of the Nazis. He even forced parents to kill their children. His tests took the lives of 2, check 800 twins and send nearly half a million people to death camps. 

Ivan the Terrible

Ivan
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Ivan the Terrible was the Tsar of Russia from 1533 to 1584. He killed animals and humans just because it amused him. During the Novgorod Massacre, website like this he ordered his troops to kill and torture 60,000 of his own countrymen. He took pleasure in watching his subjects being eaten by wild animals.

Talat Pasha

Mehmet-Talaat-Pasha
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Talat Pasha, the Prime Minister to the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire was wholly responsible for the Armenian genocide. He literally ordered his men to wipe out the entire Armenian community. Pasha forced Armenians into concentration camps where they lived in inhumane conditions. He is responsible for killing more than a million Armenians.

King Leopold II of Belgium

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Leopold ruled the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. He fooled the world believe that he was contributing to the development of Congo. But was in fact using the country as a slave labour camp. His men tortured and slaughtered the Congolese people. Under his reign, he killed nearly 50% of the population of Congo.

Idi Amin

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Idi Amin is considered ‘The most sadistic dictator in the 20th century’. He had total disregard for human rights. Amin ordered the killing and expulsion of 80,000 Asians from Uganda. His sadism costed thousands of lives of his own people. He live telecasted executions of soldiers, doctors, and citizens. Amin killed nearly half a million Ugandans.

Pol Pot

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Pol Pot is the only man in history who ordered a genocide against his own country. His notion was to construct a ‘New World’ by destroying the old one. Families were separated and put into slave labor. Cambodians had no rights to eat at unspecified times under Pol Pot, if they were caught doing so, they would be buried alive. He killed nearly 3 million of his own people. 

History is often repeated. Hope it doesn’t though.

Holi is finally here. And boy o boy ain’t we all hyped. There will be singing and dancing, remedy and drinking milk. Lots and lots of unadulterated milk. Not a hint of crushed leaves in it. Nope, discount not this year. Or any other year. Yes 2015, order I remember you.

India is vast and with it comes variations. So here are a few Holi variants that you must know :

Manjal Kuli in Kerala

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Kerala celebrates Holi with a different moniker. Holi is called Manjal Kuli and it is held in the Konkani Temple of Gosripuram Thirumala. Vibrant colours makes the festivity a splendid one.

Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra in West Bengal

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Basant utsav is celebrated to usher in the Spring. Boys and girls dress up in saffron coloured attire and sing and dance to celebrate the occasion.

On Dol Purnima, idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession which is basically the Dol Jatra. Spectators spray water and colours at this procession as they pass by.

Shigmo in Goa

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Everything is great in Goa, be it the people, the food, the parties, the booze, wait scratch that, I meant celebrations, like totally. Goa celebrates the occasion of  Holi but under the name Shigmo. Farmers take to the streets singing traditional folk songs and dancing the day away in merriment. 

Lathmar Holi in Uttar Pradesh

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If your disgruntled wifey or bae ever plans a Holi vacation in the Barsana region of UP, abort mission, I repeat, ABORT MISSION. As per tradition, women chase the men, for a change, with lathis and beat them. Like for real bruh. 

Yaosang in Manipur

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The Yaosang Festival kicks off on the day of the full moon and continues for six days. It’s a beautiful transfusion of Hindu and indigenous traditions. Thabal chongba, a Manipuri folk dance is the main attraction of Yaosang. 

Phaguwa in Bihar

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If you haven’t celebrated Holi in Bihar, you are missing out. It’s an utter chaos of music, colours, and intoxication. The atmosphere is so infectious that you wouldn’t mind losing yourself to the madness of Holi. Phaguwa and Holi are the same thing.

Phakuwah  in Assam

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Similar to Bengal’s ‘Dol Jatra’, Phakuwah is Assam’s take on it. It is an affair of two days. On the first day there is Holika Dahan, and on the second day there is anarchy in the streets. Mayhem of colours everywhere you see.

Rang Panchami in  Maharashtra

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The Bollywood state knows how to ‘Holi’ peeps. On the 5th day after Holika dahan, the real celebrations begin and boy it is grand and crazy and everything your grey matter deficit brain can imagine 😛

Hola Mohalla in Punjab

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Hola Mohalla or ‘Warrior Holi’ is celebrated a day before Holi by the Nihang Sikhs. It is a grand showcase of martial arts that will have you biting your nails. There is dancing and singing which will send your adrenaline skyrocketing.

This Holi try something different. Something you won’t forget. No matter how much ever unadulterated milk you drink.

Bibhu Sarkar

I love orange soda.