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Holi the festival of colours, is just around the corner. As we all know, it is a time of the year we all look forward to. And why not? It’s the time when we get to indulge and relish the tastiest of snacks and sweets (especially gujiya and papad).
  it’s the time we, as kids got to buy new clothes. it’s the time when those distant cousins came for a visit and by the end of the day your mothers couldn’t tell you apart from your friends & cousins as you all looked like eagles in the sunset (just covered in all kinds of colours that human eyes can differentiate. This time we are excited as for some, it’s a hint of a long weekend, and for the rest (and the former included), we all have our singing, dancing and eating (and drinking) plans in place.
Holi as we all know, signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter. But for most of us it is more than anything else; a joyful & festive day to play & laugh, forget & forgive, and repair broken relationships. As in, “Bura Na Maano, Holi Hai!!!
Holi is observed in a span of two days in most of the country. On the first day’s, locals light the Holika pyre, known as Holika Dahan, before playing Holi. After that, Holi is played with folk songs, water and powdered colors, etc.. Consumption of Bhang is also a part of the holi celebrations in many parts of India.
Happiness has the same language across borders. Smiles are same, only the faces are different. Holi, too, is celebrated in 10 different forms in India! So, here is a quick list of the same:

  THE STORY OF HOLI ||why we celebrate holi     

1.) According to legends, Holi began in Barsana region of India, which includes Vrindavan, Mathura, Nandgaon and Barsana. The first and the most interesting one, the festival here is celebrated with not just colors, but with lathis where, women chase away their men with lathis.
2.) Khadi holi, in Kumaon region including towns in Uttrakhand, is played where, the locals clad in traditional clothes, sing and dance on tunes of khari songs in groups. They roam around in tolis, and greet the people they pass by. Also known as known as Baithika Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila Holi.
3.) Hola Mohalla, also known as warrior Holi, is celebrated in Punjab. It is celebrated by Nihang Sikhs, who exhibit martial arts, and sing glory songs, and is usually celebrated a day before Holi.
4.) In Shantiniketan, West Bengal, the Basant Utsav is celebrated to welcome the spring season. Boys and girls dress up in saffron coloured clothes, sing and dance to celebrate this festival. Also, Dol Jatra forms the part of the main Holi festivities. Idols of Radha and Krishna are taken to the streets in a procession; while men spray water and colours at this procession.
5.) Shigmo festival in Goa, is also a spring celebration. Here, farmers perform traditional folk and street dances.
6.) Holi or Yaosang, in Manipur, is celebrated for six days. The main part of the festivities is the Thabal chongba, a Manipuri folk dance that is performed by the locals, other than playing with colours
7.) In South India, Holi isn’t as popular as it is in up North. However, some communities in the southern part of the country celebrate Holi with different names. In Kerala, Holi is called Manjal Kuli and is observed in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.
8.) In Assam, Holi is known as Phagwah. It is similar to Bengal’s ‘Dol Jatra’, only celebrated over 2 days like most states of North India.
9.) Maharashtra celebrates Holi where colour celebrations happen on the 5th day after Holika dahan, and is known as Ranga Panchami.
10.) In Udaipur, Rajasthan, Holi is known as Royal Holi, celebrated at a grand level by Udaipur's Mewar royal family. On the eve of Holi, a fancy procession is observed which includes decorated horses and the royal band. Later, the traditional sacred fire is lit and an effigy of Holika is burnt.
So there you go, you may now use your new found knowledge to boast your love for the festival, in your Holi gathering. Wishing you a very Happy Holi!!!

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