Wednesday, March 11, 2009

India Celebrates HOLI Festival

It has been a tradition in India to celebrate the Festival of Colours with great sense of excitement all over the country. This colourful festival is being celebrated by all kinds of people and especially the north of India love celebrating Holi in even more grand style. This festival has a mythological importance of the victory of good over evil. This festival is celebrated by spraying colours on everyone, possibly all different colours will light up a Holi day. As usual HOLI is celebrated in a grand manner this year.

Holi revellers in Rajasthan's Bikaner are enjoying the famous Dab Dhamaal Holi, a unique manner of celebrating the festival of colours to the beats of the 'Dab'.The festivities here commence with the men-folk dressed as women and performing to the traditional Rajasthani folk songs. Artistes play various musical instruments and sing folk songs to mark the onset of the festival.

In Mumbai, members of Koli (fishermen) community celebrated the festival a day before the actual day of Holi as per the Hindu calendar.Several generations of the fishermen community of Worli in Mumbai have been celebrating the festival.Traditionally, a tree is decorated with garland, flowers, fruits and food and is then worshipped by the Koli women. Later, wood is lit to conclude the celebrations.Even foreign tourists joined the local revellers in the celebrations of Holi.

Although Holi is celebrated with colours across India, people in Allahabad celebrate the festival in their unique manner.People take out a hammer procession in which the hammer is adorned as a groom along with a fan as the bride.All the traditional rituals of Hindu marriage are performed to wed this hammer and the fan.This procession begins with the breaking of a pumpkin that is filled with colours, which is then splashed over the revellers. This colour splashing has been the trend of Holi festival.

The streets, people, park, beach,theatres etc. will will be sprayed with different possible colours and this wonderfull tradition of Indian culture will surely be enjoyed a lot by all. Wish you all HAPPY HOLI.


Keisha said...

This looks like so much fun! Have a happy day of Holi. :) Thank you.

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karthik said...

colourful festival.. happy holi..

sparkzspot said...

nice to know more info about holi..

sri said...

Nice post.. Great blog covering up all over the world.. keep up the good work..

srivatsan said...

just now after going through your post that holi is celebrated in unique manner at Allahabad.. That's too a nice style..

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RennyBA said...

Looks like a wonderful celebration - thanks for sharing!

My son came back to Norway from 4 month in India - I'll show him.

Sally's World said...

HI, this looks great, enjoyed dropping in...i'll be back

Sal x

Nortehanon said...

Hi Sriram,
Thanks for dropping in at my blog.

I enjoyed reading this post. I've always been interested in world cultures and I learned a lot from reading about the Festival of Colours. Interesting.

WiseAcre said...

Looks like fun. Tickle me pink :)

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