4 places to enjoy the Holi celelebration
There are many places to be during Holi in India but here are four that are known for their big celebrations:
Mathura and Vrindavan: This is the most famous place to celebrate the festival in India. Located only four hours from Delhi. It is said that Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is the place where he spent his early childhood. Festivities usually last around a week and different temples of Lord Krishna celebrate Holi on different days.
Varanasi: The city is transformed during the festival. The streets are packed full of celebrators going wild. If you are lucky enough to stay in a hotel with a view to the river you will see the ghats filled with people throwing colour and partying. May be only in Mathura and Vrindavan it is crazier.
Jaipur: If you love elephants then Jaipur is the place to be during Holi. The celebration begins with an elephant festival held at Chaugan Stadium starting late afternoon. Elephants are paraded around, there is lots of music, dance and elephant tug of war.
Delhi: Being in the capital during the festival makes for a lot of fun and parties. Definitely worth getting tickets for is the Holi Cow festival of music and madness https://www.facebook.com/holicowfestival
Where not to celebrate
The south of India is not the place to be if you want to have a big Holi celebration. The festival there is much quieter and does not have the electricity and charm like the celebrations in the north of the country.
Holi is a time to bring everyone together
As much fun as the partying is what is really special and unique about Holi is that it allows a break of the rigid social structure and brings people from various social statuses together. During Holi there is equality between men and women, young and old, rich and poor and people of different castes as they all happily celebrate side by side.
Food to taste during Holi celebration
Food is an important part of the Holi celebration and something that should not be missed. Depending on where you are different food and drink are enjoyed. One of the most popular is a drink called Thandai made from almonds, fennel seeds, rose petals, saffron, milk and many other spices. Shakarpara and gujias which are sweets filled with coconut, nuts and dried fruits. Other delights include puran poli, dahi vada, besan papri, khichidj, laddoos and mathri. So go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth in some of these tasty treats.
Safety information during Holi celebration
Women traveling alone should avoid going out during the Holi celebration. This is due to the over consumption of alcohol and bang lassi’s by many young men during this time which pose a safety threat towards women.
Beware of some of the colours that are used during the festival. Many contain chemicals and can cause skin rashes and other skin problems such as dryness, dermatitis, irritation and itching.