Even though the charms of Holi are innumerable, its magic inescapable and its vibrancy unavoidable, the appeal the festival has in Rajasthan is altogether different. Being itself a state shimmering with a wide spectrum of colors, Holi is a perfect occasion and celebration that matches with the identity and character of Rajasthan.
People of Rajasthan not only know how to celebrate life, they actually put in a lot of heart in their festivals which makes the charm of their celebrations distinct. It is for this reason that Holi has a special meaning in Rajasthan and it the way it is celebrated draws a lot of attraction and excitement with the locals and tourists from India and across the world.
Preparation for Holi start days before the actual festival and people brace themselves up to indulge in various rituals and customs. In contrast to the way the festival is celebrated across India and around the globe, Holi in Rajasthan is celebrated differently with lots of other aspects and rituals involved which makes the festival look much more colorful and impressive.
The festival is celebrated in the honor of Lord Krishna, and falls few days before Holi. The festival is celebrated for three days in the Braj region, which is situated in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. The area in and around the Braj is believed to be the region where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, playing pranks and showing many aspects of His transcendental activities. Local people don multi-colored, vibrant attires and celebrate by singing and dancing and emulating Raslila, depicting the divine love between Radha and Krishna.
The energy identified with festival can be seen manifesting the entire Bharatpur region in the form of songs and dance and locals splashing colors on each other. People can be seen everywhere in high spirits and festive mood and all set to welcome Holi.
Dhulandi is celebrated across India on the day after Holika Dahan (the traditional bonfire) to mark the onset of spring. Everyone, including the young and the old, can be seen indulging in gaiety and celebration and throwing and smearing colors on each other. The celebration can last till late in the evening. However, the festival acquires a special charm in the way it the celebrated in the capital city of Jaipur.
The department of tourism organizes an exclusive event in the lawns of Khasa Kothi Hotel for international guests where they can take part in and enjoy the culture, food and spirit of India, besides relishing the traditional Rajasthani folk songs as well as music.
The Mali Holi is celebrated in a distinctive fashion and draws a lot of charm, excitement and curiosity. Following the age-old traditions, the men of the Mali community throw the colors on their women who then respond by hitting them with sticks or else by a long piece of cloth. The spectacle is worth seeing and generates a lot of enthusiasm. This special way of celebrating Holi, brings the people in the local community together in the spirit of unity and brotherhood.
Gair at Godaji
Celebrated few days after Holi, this occasion is marked with the gathering of men from 12 distinct villages in the Godaji Village, located near the Ajmer, to play Gair. Each village presents itself with their own drummers and troupes.
Surrounded by picturesque sights all over, the occasion is attended by thousands of audience and onlookers, who revel in the celebration with lots of excitement and passion. The eagerly awaited event is celebrated each year with great energy and verve and brings in a lot of joy and happiness to the local community.
Dolchi Holi at Bikaner
Dolchi Holi is again a slightly different form of Holi celebrated primarily by the Harsh and Vyas communities of Rajasthan. The celebration involves people throwing water on each other in a specially made vessel called Dolchi, manufactured from the camel skin. Celebrating Holi in such a way is a part of the tradition which has been sustained for 300 years.
However, the water is thrown only on the back of the individual and not front. Nevertheless, what is surprising is that colors are not used in this Holi and it is played by men of the communities only, while women and children look over. It is said that the tradition of this Holi was started when the two communities had a dispute over food. In order to bury the hatchet, the men of the communities started throwing water on each other, which subsequently got converted into a tradition.
Celebrations by Royals
The erstwhile Royal community of Rajasthan have their own way to celebrate Holi with the locals. On this day, members of the royal family come out in their most dazzling attires and mingle with the commoners. Previously, the occasion was marked by the grand display of the equestrian skills by the royal princes.
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