Holi in Mathura
Holi is celebrated with traditional fervour and enthusiasm across the country but Holi of Brij region is famous worldwide especially the ‘lathmar’ holi of Barsana town in Mathura. According to legends, the Mathura’s holi celebrates Lord Krishna’s childhood. Different towns in Braj Mathura celebrate different kinds of Holi. Here’s the list of Holis of Mathura:
Lathmar Holi in Barsana: The famous Lathmar Holi of Barsana will take place on March 14th, Thursday. Men from Krishna’s village Nandgaon will visit Radha’s town Barsana and they will get a colourful welcome, with sticks!
Lathmar Holi in Nandgaon (near Mathura): Next day, on Friday March 15, men from Barsana will return the favour and visit Nandgaon and they will also get the same treatment.
Rangbhari Ekadashi Holi in Vrindavan: On Sunday, March 17, on the occasion of Rangbhari Ekadashi Holi celebrations will take place in temples across Vrindavan. Gulal will be sprayed over pilgrims and devotees will immerse themselves in colour of devotion.
Chhadimar Holi of Gokul: In Mathura’s Gokul town where Lord Krishna spent his days as an infant and toddler, Chhadimar holi will take place on March 18, Monday. A procession of child Krishna is taken across the town after which everyone plays holi with colours and small sticks.
Rang Panchami: On the 5th day after holi, all the temples in Brij, Mathura culminate their Holi festivities with big and colourful celebrations. this year Rang Panchami falls on March 25, Monday.
Imagine men being hit by women by bamboo sticks on Holi? You will find this a common sight in the villages of Barsana and Nandgaon in Uttar Pradesh because that is how the townsfolk celebrate Holi! Taking a cue from the pranks of Lord Krishna in his growing up years, the men of Nandgaon visit Barsana to play Holi with the women folk.
In their defense, women beat up the mischievous men (in a harmless way) and try to capture the men to further punish them by dressing them in female clothing. Everywhere there is a play of colours, and many people from India and abroad visit these villages on Holi to witness the fest.
Date: March 15, 2019, in Barsana; March 16, 2019, in Nandgaon
Venue: Barsana and Nandgaon, Mathura