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Visit These Places to Witness a New Way of Celebrating the Festival of Colours

The festival of colours is just around the corner but no one around seems to be excited about it.I think it is because most of the young people and the working class are engrossed in their 'thing' and have decided to celebrate this festival in the same old manner. Just a suggestion, ditch the usual plan and find yourself while exploring and learning more about this festival. Read further and try to visit one of these places this Holi.

Shimga or Rang Panchami in Maharashtra 

Rang Panchami is usually celebrated five days after Holi which also means that you get a five-day break (from Holi to Rang Panchami). This is celebrated in Maharashtra and also in some parts of Madhya Pradesh. 

Royal Holi in Rajashthan 

People in Rajasthan are very fond of this festival and so put their heart and soul into the festivities. And as the name suggests, royal processions are taken out on the streets of Rajasthan, making this festival a state highlight.

Hola Mohalla in Punjab 

Hola Mohalla is a one-day long Sikh festival which mostly falls on the day after Holi. A three day fair is organised at Anandpur Sahib to mark the event, but the enthusiasm is such that people stay there for a week. Various activities like camping, listening to kirtan and poetry and langar, take place in those three days, with the concluding event being a military-style procession. 

Kumaoni Baithaki Holi in Uttarakhand

This festival is known by many names like Baithaki Holi, Khari Holi, Mahila Holi etc. In Kumaon, Holi is a two-month long festival which sees women dress in traditional attires and dance on the streets. This gathering is known as toli and other residents greet this toli wherever it stops. 

Lath Mar Holi In Uttar Pradesh

In regions close to Mathura, Lath Mar Holi is celebrated days before the actual festival during which women come with lathis and men are given dhals to protect themselves. The festival lasts for two days and has a deep history associated with Lord Krishna and Radha. 

Phagwah in Bihar 

Holika Dahan as we know it, is known by various names like Choti Holi, Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi and Phagwah is one of them. This celebration also lasts for two days and on the second-day people play with wet colours and sing traditional songs and dance. 

Yaosang in Manipur 

Yaosang is a five-day long festival celebrated in Manipur, which starts on full-moon day. The highlights of the festival are monetary donations, local performances, people splashing water on each another, sports and many other activities. 

Basant Utsav in West Bengal 

It was Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore who introduced the Basant Utsav in Shantiniketan. During this festival people perform and entertain one another with spectacular acts like singing, dancing and poetry recitation. The festival is a sheer display of pure Bengali culture.  

Dola in Odisha 

Dola Yatra, Dola Purnima or Dola is a five day festival in Odisha during which Lord Jagannath's dolis are taken out in a procession. Apart from that, Oriya calendar is also offered to the Lord Jagannath and idols of Krishna and Radha are taken out in a procession on the roads. 

Manjal Kuli in Kerala 

Various Kudumbi and Konkani communities of Kerala celebrate this festival. They use turmeric or Manjal Kuli to play Holi in the Konkani temple of Gosripuram Thirumala.