India is a vast and diverse land, with people of different caste, creed and religion residing within its boundaries. The country is divided into many regions, which are culturally distinct from each other in so many respects. These geographical regions are known as states and union territories. Apart from observing the national holidays, these regions have their own fairs and festivals that are celebrated by the residents with great zeal.
Moreover, there are a host of other festivals which are celebrated
throughout the country, irrespective of the region in which they
originated. One such festival is Holi, which is celebrated throughout
the expanse of the nation. Though the basic aim and purpose behind the
revelry is the same, the ways and means of rejoicing are varied. In
different states, the festival is called by different names and is even
celebrated on different days.
These regional Holi celebrations are unique in their own way and some
of them are even famous beyond their boundaries. The Holi celebrations
in Braj Bhoomi, the land of Lord Krishna, are the most spectacular. The
enthralling experience of witnessing the enigmatic blend of festivity
and divinity is simply awe-inspiring. On the other hand, the pot
breaking sport of Maharashtra, the beats of Dhol (musical instrument) in
Punjab and the thud of sticks in Uttar Pradesh, together reverberate, to
pay homage to the Lord.
The festival of Holi is not bound to the boundaries of North India. It
is celebrated with great vigor in western parts of the country as well.
The people of Maharashtra observe the festival in their unique and grand
in Mathura Vrindavan
Mathura Vrindavan is one of the holiest lands on the face of India.
According to mythological records, it is said that Mathura is actually
the birth place of Lord Krishna, whereas Vrindavan is the place where he
spent the early days of his childhood and left behind tales of mysticism
Lathmaar Holi is celebrated in Barsana, a small village at a distance
of about 15 km from Vrindavan. It is known throughout India for its
traditional Holi celebrations. No other city in the country can match
the grandeur of the festival here, except Mathura Vrindavan.