Holi The festival of colours
7 Mar 2012
Holi is celebrated all over India but more prominently in North.
It is very popular & has a traditional flavor in the land of God Krishna i.e the Brij Bhoomi. Lathmaar holi is very famous in this area. Story is that Krishna was very conscious about his dark complexion specially in relation to Radha who was very fair. Krishna & his friends of Nand Gaon(Krishna's village) decided to paint Radha & her friends black & blue. Somehow the news was leaked & ladies of Barsana (Radha's village) beat them up with Laathies. Next day people from Barsana visited Nand Gaon & they were given the same treatment. These traditions have followed since then. Nowadays these guys are well cushioned & have a shield to protect themselves & ladies do not intend to hurt them. The main attraction is color....both water & powder(Gulal), music & songs in the local dialect are very interesting & the dancing are uninhibited & full of energy. These festivities usually start a week ahead of the actual Holi day. In Vrindavan they shower flower petals on each other. Celebrations continue for about 10 days
celebrations are more elaborate in Nand Gaon although Barsana is more famous.