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Holi The festival of colours

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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.

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11 responses

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (7 Mar 2012):

    Fascinating story and colours. Very well shot! V

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (8 Mar 2012):

    OUTSTANDING!!!! happy holi....

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  • JPG

    JPG gave props (12 Mar 2012):

    Story of the Week!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (12 Mar 2012):

    congrats on story of the week!

  • Prashant Gupta

    Prashant Gupta said (13 Mar 2012):

    Congratulations on story of the week!!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (14 Mar 2012):

    Wonderful captures, beautifully captures the mood of the festival. Congratulations!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Mar 2012):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (16 Mar 2012):

    Great photos


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (28 Sep 2012):

    I love it! Voted!

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