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Holi

March 20, 2009

Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later part of February or March. It is the festival of colors, this festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other ‘Happy Holi’.

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Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire on the Holi eve. The main emphasis of the festival is on the burning of the holy fire or Holika. The origin of the traditional lighting of Holi is attributed by some to the burning of demonesses like Holika. At the time of Holika people assemble near the fire. The eldest member or a purohit initiates the lighting. He then smears others with colour as a mark of greeting. Next day the festival is celebrated with colours and lot of frolic.

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Numerous legends & stories associated with Holi celebration.
People rub ‘gulal’ and ‘abeer’ on each others’ faces and cheer up saying,. Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gift.
Holi is a festival which is celebrated in all over India with different name but with the sane zeal.

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In Uttar Pradesh Barsana is the place to be at the time of Holi. This place is the famous  Lath mar Holi is played in the sprawling compound of the Radha Rani temple. Thousands gather to witness the Lath Mar Holi when women beat up men with sticks as those on the sidelines become hysterical, sing Holi Songs and shout Sri Radhey or Sri Krishna. The Holi songs of Braj mandal are sung in pure Braj Bhasha. Holi played at Barsana is unique in the sense that here women chase men away with sticks. Males also sing provocative songs in a bid to invite the attention of women. Women then go on the offensive and use long staves called Lathis to beat men folk who protect themselves with shields.

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In Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishan, this day is celebrated with special puja and the traditional custom of worshipping Lord Krishna. All over the Braj region and its nearby places like Hathras, Aligarh, Agra the Holi is celebrated in more or less same way as in Mathure, Vrindavan and Barsana.
In Goarkhpur, the northeast district of Uttar Pradesh, this day is celebrated with special puja in the morning of Holi day. This day is considered to be the happiest and colorful day of the year promoting the brotherhood among the people. This is known as “Holi Milan” in which people visit every house and sing holi song and express their gratitude by applying colored powder (Abeer). Holi is also considerd as the end of the year as it occurs on the last day of last hindu calender month Falgun. People also kickoff for the next year planning with New year Hindu calendar (Panchang) at the evening of Holi.