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Indian Festivals
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Different Names of Holi That You Didn't Knew
Holi is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated festivals in India and that can be undermined by the different names by which Holi is known in different states. If you travel to different places, you will find numerous shades of human emotions that lie beneath each of these Holi names. These tales will make you appreciate India's vast cultural diversity. What's more, the underlying strong thread of solidarity that links this culturally diverse country is to be admired. Even the Lord who is worshipped on Holi varies depending on where you are in the country. The holi is observed in a variety of ways, but the spirit remains the same: love and brotherhood. Despite their differences in different states, Holi is seen as one that contributes to India's secular foundation. Let us now unravel the different names of Holi in different regions.
In West Bengal, Holi is celebrated as 'Dol Jatra' or 'Dol Purnima.' The tradition is honoured by placing the statues of Lord Krishna and Radha on a nicely decorated palanquin, which is subsequently shown around the city's main streets. People sing devotional songs and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments presented as the devotees take turns swinging them. Throughout the journey, men spray coloured, known as 'abeer,' upon the participants.
In West Bengal, Holi is celebrated as 'Dol Jatra' or 'Dol Purnima.' The tradition is honoured by placing the statues of Lord Krishna and Radha on a nicely decorated palanquin, which is subsequently shown around the city's main streets. People sing devotional songs and dance to the accompaniment of musical instruments presented as the devotees take turns swinging them. Throughout the journey, men spray coloured, known as 'abeer,' upon the participants.
Rangpanchami is the name given to this festival of colours in Maharashtra since the play of colours is kept for the fifth day. The celebration is hugely popular among fishermen. They celebrate it on a grand scale and take part in the celebrations by dancing, singing, and making merry. This unique dance allows people to express all of their suppressed emotions, wants, and desires. People also make sounds with their mouths by tapping them with the backs of their palms in an unusual manner.
Rangpanchami is the name given to this festival of colours in Maharashtra since the play of colours is kept for the fifth day. The celebration is hugely popular among fishermen. They celebrate it on a grand scale and take part in the celebrations by dancing, singing, and making merry. This unique dance allows people to express all of their suppressed emotions, wants, and desires. People also make sounds with their mouths by tapping them with the backs of their palms in an unusual manner.
Holi is known as Basanta Utsav in parts of West Bengal. At Shantiniketan, the university founded by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, introduced the celebration of Vasantotsav or Spring Festival. In the calm surroundings of Shantiniketan, boys and girls cheerfully embrace spring not just with colours but also by singing, dancing and hymn chanting. Anyone who has had the opportunity to witness this magnificent manner of celebrating Holi at Shantiniketan would cherish it for the rest of his life.
Holi is known as Basanta Utsav in parts of West Bengal. At Shantiniketan, the university founded by poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, introduced the celebration of Vasantotsav or Spring Festival. In the calm surroundings of Shantiniketan, boys and girls cheerfully embrace spring not just with colours but also by singing, dancing and hymn chanting. Anyone who has had the opportunity to witness this magnificent manner of celebrating Holi at Shantiniketan would cherish it for the rest of his life.
Barsana, the birthplace of Lord Krishna's beloved Radha, observes Lathmar Holi with zeal, as Krishna was known for pranking Radha and the gopis. The celebration involves bamboo lathi and shields. The area has a tradition of women chasing males away with lathis, but this is not the same as a beating session. Men arrive well padded and do everything they can to escape the energetic women. They are also forced to dress as women and dance in public. Everything is done in the spirit of Holi.
Barsana, the birthplace of Lord Krishna's beloved Radha, observes Lathmar Holi with zeal, as Krishna was known for pranking Radha and the gopis. The celebration involves bamboo lathi and shields. The area has a tradition of women chasing males away with lathis, but this is not the same as a beating session. Men arrive well padded and do everything they can to escape the energetic women. They are also forced to dress as women and dance in public. Everything is done in the spirit of Holi.
In the state of Punjab, Holi gets a cherished name Hola Mohalla. This  is a large-scale yearly fair held at Anandpur Sahib Gurdwara in Punjab, on the day after the Holi event. The celebration is held for three days, during which people of the Sikh community demonstrate their physical prowess by undertaking daredevil activities such as bareback horseback riding, Gatka, tent pegging, standing erect on two racing horses, and so on. Following that, a song and poetry competition is held to ease the mood.
In the state of Punjab, Holi gets a cherished name Hola Mohalla. This is a large-scale yearly fair held at Anandpur Sahib Gurdwara in Punjab, on the day after the Holi event. The celebration is held for three days, during which people of the Sikh community demonstrate their physical prowess by undertaking daredevil activities such as bareback horseback riding, Gatka, tent pegging, standing erect on two racing horses, and so on. Following that, a song and poetry competition is held to ease the mood.
Holi is known as Shimgo by Goa's joyous and energetic locals in their native tongue Konkani. Folks play with bright colours here as well to celebrate the arrival of spring. This is accompanied with shagoti, a rich and spicy chicken or mutton curry, and sweet dishes. The most fascinating aspect of Holi in Goa is the colourful procession that takes place in Panjim. The concerts of troupes and cultural plays depicting historical and religious stories are the pinnacle of this.
Holi is known as Shimgo by Goa's joyous and energetic locals in their native tongue Konkani. Folks play with bright colours here as well to celebrate the arrival of spring. This is accompanied with shagoti, a rich and spicy chicken or mutton curry, and sweet dishes. The most fascinating aspect of Holi in Goa is the colourful procession that takes place in Panjim. The concerts of troupes and cultural plays depicting historical and religious stories are the pinnacle of this.
On the day of Holi, people in Tamil Nadu worship Kaamadeva for his heroic sacrifice. According to Holi mythology, Mata Parvati desired to marry Lord Mahadeva, but Bholenath's penance diverted his attention away from her. Lord Shiva was completely absorbed in his meditative state. God of love,  Kamdev noticed the efforts of Mother Parvati. He wanted to help her. Lord Shiva was struck by Cupid's floral arrow. His penance was dissolved because of Kamadeva. Mahadev's Third Eye opened. Kamadeva was engulfed by the flames of his rage.

On Holi, people donate sandalwood to Kaamadeva to soothe the pain of burning. People also think that Kaamdeva was resurrected on Holi Day, and thus the celebration is named after him.
On the day of Holi, people in Tamil Nadu worship Kaamadeva for his heroic sacrifice. According to Holi mythology, Mata Parvati desired to marry Lord Mahadeva, but Bholenath's penance diverted his attention away from her. Lord Shiva was completely absorbed in his meditative state. God of love, Kamdev noticed the efforts of Mother Parvati. He wanted to help her. Lord Shiva was struck by Cupid's floral arrow. His penance was dissolved because of Kamadeva. Mahadev's Third Eye opened. Kamadeva was engulfed by the flames of his rage. On Holi, people donate sandalwood to Kaamadeva to soothe the pain of burning. People also think that Kaamdeva was resurrected on Holi Day, and thus the celebration is named after him.
Holi is also named Phagu Purnima or Phagwa in Bihar, where Phagu refers to the holy red powder and Purnima refers to the full moon day on which the event concludes. Holi welcomes the new beginnings of harvest and starting afresh, turning a new leaf, and deepening bonds, while on the other hand, it represents the end of suffering and negativity. The night before Holi, the Holika Dahan would be lit, with dancing and singing around the fire. All the anger and terrible memories of the previous year are burned in the fire on this day, as well as the Hindu New Year is celebrated.
Holi is also named Phagu Purnima or Phagwa in Bihar, where Phagu refers to the holy red powder and Purnima refers to the full moon day on which the event concludes. Holi welcomes the new beginnings of harvest and starting afresh, turning a new leaf, and deepening bonds, while on the other hand, it represents the end of suffering and negativity. The night before Holi, the Holika Dahan would be lit, with dancing and singing around the fire. All the anger and terrible memories of the previous year are burned in the fire on this day, as well as the Hindu New Year is celebrated.
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