Holi is undoubtedly one of the most colorful festivals celebrated, that is known. The fact that Holi celebrations in India make up for the most vivid and spirited images is also no mystery. So, have you considered celebrating Holi in India? If yes, this post is for you. If no, then this post is still for you. Read on to find out why you should celebrate this Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura. Also, find out when and where you should be to experience the best of Holi celebrations!
Firstly, let us see what Holi in India has to offer for different travelers?
Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura
Shutterbugs! Arm yourselves with the highest resolution devices!
Are you a shutterbug? Are your eyes always scanning for most dynamic frames to capture? Do your hands itch to press the shutter? Then, Holi in India should be on your list, my friend! Trust me on this, you’ll have more than enough to capture. More than enough frames to relish! Mathura, Vrindavan or Santiniketan– these are some the names that make photographers and videographers alike to swarm in to soak in the nectar of perpetual cascading screens of color.
Special Note: Please take care to use appropriate protection for your camera and lens. It is recommended that you use some kind of cover for shielding the device, especially the lens. Make sure to use a proper lens cleaner and get the camera checked once for servicing after use. Colored water or the colored powder are definitely not the camera’s best allies.
If you travel for culture, Holi is definitely on your list!
If you are a traveler who is intrigued and motivated primarily by cultural richness, chances are that Holi is already on your wishlist. So are Mathura, Vrindavan, and Barsana during Holi. Find cheap lodging options in Vrindavan starting from INR 300 per night, but you can aim for better facilities which come at a cost. Participate in the play of colors, rather than being a spectator. Before you know it, you’re having the time of your life! Applying colors or getting colored, much conveniently without photographic filters! Experience the Hindu festival, celebrated by all. Listen to mythologies associated with the origin of Holi.
Holi celebrations in Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana, Nandgaon and Gokul are connected with the stories of Krishna and Radha. According to Hindu Mythology, when Krishna was young, he used to crib to his mother (Yashoda) about Radha(his friend and partner) being fair against his dark-toned skin. So, as per Yashoda’s playful suggestion, he went from Nandgaon to Barsana to color Radha. And since then, the tradition has continued. Even to this day, the Lathmar Holi is celebrated in a reenactment of the same. In this celebration of colors, women playfully beat men with sticks when the men apply color to them.
For some glimpses of Holi celebrations, watch this video by Jonathan Bregel & Khalid Mohtaseb.
If you’re partying, why not add some colors?
So, you said like to party? Why not add some high-spirited colors to it? While the play of colors is one and people are splashing colors on each other, music adds to the festive mood. The playful ambiance is further enhanced by sweets, but most importantly, bhaang ki thandai!
The favorite drink for Holi is enjoyed in the celebrations. Although it has an alluring taste, it is recommended that you check your intake. Just exercise suitable caution in minding your surroundings and you will do fine.
So party along, play with colors, get painted, savor the bhaang, groove to the music, revel in the spirit of Holi.
Special Note: If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of playing colors and want to refrain from joining in the celebrations, just occupy a higher position and stay away from the crowd. Should anyone be making you feel uncomfortable, do ask people around for help. Also, please restrain losing control.
Religious or Krishna enthusiasts, soak in the holiness
Whether you are fascinated by Hindu customs or mythology, or admire the stories of Krishna, the festival is an ideal time to feel proximity to the god. Apart from the learning several origin stories of the festival and getting a live account of the festivities, there are some other aspects, that I am going to talk about in a while. Anyway, the Banke-Bihari temple (a Krishna temple) in Vrindavan hosts a week-long celebration of Holi. The priests of the temple engage in coloring the crowd while bhajans (prayer songs) play in the background.
So now that we are familiar with the basics, let’s get you through with a basic itinerary.
Holi Calendar 2016: Schedule of Celebrations
|Lathmaar Holi at Barsana||17th March 2016||Thursday|
|Lathmaar Holi at Nandgaon||18th March 2016||Friday|
|Holi in Mathura||19th March 2016||Saturday|
|Holi at Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan||20th March 2016||Sunday|
|Holi celebration in Gokul||21th March 2016||Monday|
|Dwarkadish Temple in Mathura||22th March 2016||Tuesday|
|Holi celebration at Temples & streets of Vrindavan||23th March 2016||Wednesday|
|Actual Holi celebration||24th March 2016||Thursday|
- More than Holi, this is celebration of liberty
Meera Sahabhagini Widow Ashram in Vrindavan needs to be specially mentioned for the positive manner in which they have decided to celebrate Holi. Breaking the associated stigmas against widows in some parts of the society, the widows celebrate Holi. In some parts of the tradition, it is forbidden for widows to engage in various socio-religious activities. However, these widows in Vrindavan, most of whom are devoted to Lord Krishna, have come out in flying colors, breaking all stereotypes. If you can find time to be here, you will definitely light up when you see their faces lively with colors. Hear their stories, share their sorrow, encourage their happiness. Take part in their celebrations and you will have more to take from, this Holi. Additionally, widows in Varanasi have come together to celebrate Holi too.
How Padhaaro can help you enjoy your Holi in Vrindavan, safely?
Since Padhaaro connects tourists to well-aware locals, here are some of the benefits:
- Find a proper place for lodging at budget costs. Don’t overpay for your stay.
- Worried about traveling safely during the riot of colors? Don’t. Padhaaro hosts are there to sort out a plan for you.
- Concerned with a safe Holi? Know the right people to hang around with. Padhaaro is the platform to do this.
- Save time and money. Know which places you need to go, when and how.
Quick Holi Guide:
So, you are celebrating Holi and you want to make sure you know a thing or two beforehand? Here are some tips:
- Holi colors can be either dry or wet. Dry colors are colorful powder called Gulal are applied by hand, wet colors are applied using a Pichkari (a toy water gun).
- Safety. Protect your eyes suitably against colors. Also, you can use head covers to avoid colors on your scalp. Make sure you don’t have any skin allergy against colors. Anything doesn’t seem right with your body? Visit the doctor.
- Make sure you have access to sufficient water, soap and shampoo. Since cleaning after Holi is one tedious process. Do wash the colors off.
- I repeat, do not have more bhaang than enough. Know your limits.
- Be cautious of miscreants. It is recommended that you leave your valuables in the room. If you’re out with a camera, protect it well. Here’s a blog you can check out to know how you can achieve that.
So that’s all for now. Here’s hoping you create some fantastic tales to tell about your Holi in Vrindavan and Mathura. Have a Happy and Safe Holi! Or rather Holi Hai!
If I have not been able to convince you to spend Holi in India, Coldplay should. Watch this video where some celebration of Holi is on.
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