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