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Holi 2021: How is Holi celebrated in different parts of India?
March 26, 2021 | By - Abha Sharma

Holi 2021: How is Holi celebrated in different parts of India?

Holi is known as the festival of colours and love that takes place every year during spring in March. But every colour of Holi means differently in every part of the country. Holi has its own unique significance in different states. India is known for its diverse culture, and Holi celebration definitely contribute in the same. The festival brings feeling of love and closeness among people while signifying victory of good over evil. People forget past grudges and start a new celebration just like tress begin to grow leaves during spring. Splashing colours is considered to be a fun-activity. “Bura mat maano Holi hai” (Don’t mind, it’s Holi) is a common phrase in most parts of India. However this year, Holi 2021 will not be the same due to COVID-19 pandemic.

In this blog, you will see rituals of celebrating Holi in 8 different states of India. Before that, a quick glance on why is Holi celebrated and its significance.


Story behind Holi celebration –

Holi is inspired by two fascinating stories:

1. Holika and Prahlad: Holi derives from demoness in Hindu Vedic scriptures, ‘Holika’ who was burnt to death with the help of God Vishnu. The story of Holika Dahan (Holika’s death) signifies the triumph of good over evil.

2. Divine love of Radha and Krishna: Another story is based on the divine love of Radha and Lord Krishna. As a child, Krishna developed his characteristic dark skin colour as the she-demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk. Therefore, his mother Yashoda, playfully suggested that he slur some brightly coloured powder on Radha’s face. That’s when the eternal and divine love story of Radha and Krishna began.

Significance of the festival – Holi 2021

1. Holi is triumph of ‘victory of good over evil’
2. Signifies arrival of spring after winters
3. Thanksgiving for good harvest
4. To spread love and happiness
5. To eliminate ego, lust, greed, anger, and jealousy

holi in india

When is Holi 2021 celebrated

Every year, Holi is marked on the full moon day in March. This year Holi 2021, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on 29th March followed by Dulandi on 30th March 2021.

Common celebration across India

1. Traditional bonfire, commonly known as Holika Dahan
2. Celebration of colours splashed on clothes and face
3. Drinking Thandai and eating Gujiyas

Different Holi rituals in 8 different states of India

1. Vrindavan

Holi festival in Vrindavan is celebrated for about 40 days. It starts from Basant Panchami. While Basant Panchami is accompanied by hovering Gulal at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan. After the ritual, the devotees openly play with Gulal and flowers to mark the adorable celebration of Holi.

Folks from Nandgaon come with colours to Barsana and paint the women here. The women reciprocate and try to defend themselves by playfully beating these folks.  Holi in Vrindavan turns the entire city into a riot of colours, which is a must celebration to be part of.

2. Maharashtra – Rang Panchmi – Shimga or Rangpanchami

The festival is most popular among the fisher folks. They celebrate it on a large scale by singing, dancing, and merry-making. The dance allows them to release their repressed feelings, needs, and desires.

They make Puran Poli. Besides people drink sugarcane juice and feed children with watermelons that are in season. Holi is played five days after Phalgun Poornima, that’s why it is known as Rangpanchami.

3. Rajasthan

The traditional bonfire is called ‘Holika Dahan’. Gujiyas and thandai are the most popular dishes.


holi celebrations in india

4. Punjab

The Sikh community in Punjab celebrates Hola Mohalla. This Sikh festival in Punjab usually is celebrated the day after Holi or sometimes even coincides with Holi based on the lunar calendar dates.


holi celebration in punjab

5. Uttar Pradesh – Lathmar Holi

Women here are armed with lathis, canes meant to hit the men and boys playfully during the festivities. The men, in turn, come prepared with a dhal, or a shield to protect themselves. The unlucky men who happen to get caught by the women are made to dress in female attire and dance on the streets. All of this is done primarily in jest and not aggressively

lathmaar holi


6. Manipur – Yaosang

The festival is celebrated over six days. The highlight of Holi here is the Thabal Chongba, a traditional Manipuri folk dance that is performed during the celebrations.

7. West Bengal – Basant Utsav or Dol Jatra

Women here dress mainly in yellow, a colour that signifies abundance. There is also recitals of Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry and traditional song & dance programs. It is also the same as Odisa.


8. Goa – Shigmo

Street dances and traditional folk songs are performed by the local farmers. Goa tourists take part with equal fervour in the festivities.

Conclusion of Holi 2021

Street dances and traditional folk songs are performed by the local farmers. Goa tourists take part with equal fervour in the festivities.

For Holi 2021, the government has banned public celebrations to curb the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Holi 2021, AlShorts, short news in 30 seconds hope the pandemic come to end soon and once again, good win over evil.

Happy Holi! 🙂


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