The festival of Holi is celebrated with a great deal of joy and enthusiasm in Uttar Pradesh. It heralds the advent of spring and adds a lot of color to the lives of the people. Different places of Uttar Pradesh have unique ways of celebrating the festival. The people of Nandgaon celebrate Holi in a distinctive fashion and attract a large number of visitors.
Description of the Nandgaon Holi,Uttar Pradesh
Nandgaon is part of Braj Bhoomi, the region where Lord Krishna is said to have spent his childhood. On the day of Holi, the men of Nandgaon go to Barsana and dowse the female folk. They try to take over the temple of Radhikaji. However the women of Barsana resist their attempt to do so.
On the next day, the men folk from Barsana come to Nandgaon. Nandgaon is at a distance of about 7 km from Barsana. They come in a grand procession carrying the flag of the Larily Lal Temple in Barsana. Their objective is to win over the temple of Shriji in Nandgaon, whereas the men of Nandgaon try to take the flag from them. Now we can witness a mock battle between the men of Barsana and the women of Nandgaon. This is one of those rare battles which you are sure to enjoy thoroughly. The women try to ward off the men using lathis and understandably so because their men were met with similar treatment from the women of Barsana just the previous day. The men in return drench them in colored water. They use kesudo and palash to soak them. This is indeed a very enjoyable sight. The gleefulness of the girls while splashing the multitudinous colors is nice to see. It is a pure expression of joy and the men also thoroughly enjoy playing with them.
Time for celebrating the Nandgaon Holi,Uttar Pradesh
Nandgaon Holi is celebrated in the Hindu month of Phalgun on full moon day. It corresponds to the month of March in the English calendar.