Holi is a widely celebrated festival in North India. If you are a north Indian, you already know what are we talking about. The festival finds it roots in the story of how Lord Vishnu took an avatar and killed the Holika, evil sister of tyrant king Harinyakashyapu.
Holi is best celebrated in the sleepy town of Vrindavan. Nestled near the holy city, Mathura, Vrindavan changes its colors during the Holi season.
Holi celebrations get underway on Vasant Panchami (end of winter), 40 days before the key Holi day, in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, four hours from Delhi. Mathura is where Lord Krishna came to be, while Vrindavan was where he spent his childhood.
The week long celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan are also legendary, and culminate with the throwing of colors each morning on the day before Holi (March 1, 2018). The celebrations begin with the throwing of flowers (Phoolon Wali Holi). In the afternoon on Holi (Holika Dahan day), check out Mathura to start to see the colorful Holi procession that starts from Vishram Ghat and finishes near Holi Gate. On Holi (next day, when colors are used to celebrate Holi), the best place to catch the throwing of colors is Dwarkadheesh Temple in Mathura.
In case you‘re staying anywhere close to Paharganj, be prepared to be blanketed in colour by shopkeepers and kids alike in case you step outside. when you could, attempt to get tickets to the Holi Moo festival (formerly the renowned Holi Cow festival). This festival of color, moozik and madness has considerably more than forty Indian and international performers spread over four levels. The surroundings are safe, and non-poisonous colorings are supplied, alongside facet bhang lassi (Bhang is weed), street food, and sprinklers to get each person inside the mood.
We hope that you enjoy the festival with all the zeal. Be safe and Happy Holi!