History of Holi:
There are many legends associated with Holi, one of which is attributed to Vishnu and the other to Krishna. Most of the places which are associated with Lord Krishna celebrate Holi with great pomp. These regions, known as Braj, include Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana. The celebrations here last for 16 days. Lathimar Holi in Barsana is famous for the unique ritual of women beating men with sticks while shielding themselves.
The festivities begin with Holika Dahan on the night before the main Holi where people gather to perform religious rituals and also burn an effigy of Holika, sister of demon king Hiranyakashipu, as a sign of victory of good over evil. The first day is often known as Choti Holi and the next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi where everyone gathers and plays with colours.
Anyone and everyone, whether it is a fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, child or elderly, all take part in colorful dancing, dancing and eating and drinking on Holi. People also used to visit friends and families and share Holi recipes, food and drinks. On this day, some people indulge in a traditional drink like bhang (made from hemp), which is intoxicating.
First published:March 17, 2022, 6:06 pm