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Get Colorful As Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

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The vibrant festival of colors – Holi is back this month (23rd and 24th March 2016). This festival is celebrated in all of India, heralding the arrival of spring and giving adieu to winter. Spring season symbolizes a new beginning, fresh and optimistic start to life.

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The colorful festival of Holi has a mythological significance attached to it.

DAY 1 (23rd March 2016):

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfire to mark the occasion of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan. Prahlad, a young follower of Lord Vishnu was forcefully taken into the burning fire but escaped the fire which proved to be a miracle. This was thus regarded as the triumph over evil.

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DAY 2 (24th March 2016):

The next morning, people celebrate the victory with vibrant colors, singing, dancing, eating delicacies and celebrate the joyous moment of life by socializing with everyone. People dance to the beats of drums, sing, play games, drink bhanng and enjoy the festival in full energy and spirit.

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The royal courts of Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan play this festival in their unique style by throwing colors with tourists and visitors from all around the world.  The entire region is painted in colors as no one minds getting colorful on this day as people shout – Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!

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The Holi we played in Jaipur

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Followed by the holika dahan on the previous day,  Dhulandi Festival was celebrated at the Khasa Kothi in Jaipur on March 06, 2015. The event which was organized by the Department of Tourism, welcomed tourists from various countries.  The guests enjoyed splashing colors on each other and danced on the Rajasthani songs played by local artists and performers.

The guests received a traditional welcome by the hosts and immediately indulged in the lively festivities of colors! Holi in Jaipur 3 Holi in Jaipur 4

Some Rajasthani music and dance performers were specially invited to entertain the guests.Holi in Jaipur 5 Holi in Jaipur 6 Holi in Jaipur 7

Dancing and mingling with local guests and hosts, foreign guests enjoyed the festival of holi with great fervor and enthusiasm.Holi in Jaipur IMG_3468

 

After the Holi revelry the foreign tourists were also taken around for the city tour to witness the festivities.

 

Pushkar Fair begins from Nov 18 – 27, 2012

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The most awaited Pushkar Fair is going to begin from 18th November up till 27th November,2012, also known as Pushkar Camel Fair and Pushkar Cattle Fair is a major event in the travel calendar of Rajasthan and is popular among tourists coming to Rajasthan from all over the World.

Religion, culture and fun, all are witnessed here in abundance. Pushkar is the home of Brahma, Creator of all Creation. Pushkar has the only Brahma temple of the world and is a holy pilgrimage place for Hindus. The Pushkar Fair is held in the month of Kartik, when pilgrims gather here for a dip in the lake to wash away their sins.

Spread over nine days, this fair is the largest of its kind in the world and attracts lakhs of people from both India and abroad. The golden sand comes alive with Rajasthan traditions, a burst of colors and sounds of revelry. The Pushkar Fair is associated with cattle. It is the world’s largest camel fair and other cattle is also bought and sold in large numbers. Camels are a Rajasthani’s pride.

 

 

Tourist Attractions during the Pushkar Fair

  • The Holy Dips (Snan)
  • Floating Lamps (Deep Dan)
  • Cattle Trading
  • Temples & Ghats
  • Camel races
  • Music, folk dances and cultural events

 

The folklores, music, ballads and dance performances at Pushkar showcase the colorful culture of Rajasthan which heightens the joy and excitement of this fair. The bards and the poets enchant the audiences with the tales of gallantry. Cultural shows, exhibitions and movies add to the fun at the Fair.

Location: Pushkar, Rajasthan

Date: November 18 – 27, 2012

 

RSRTC buses to run on Holi (Dulandi) as well!

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As a rule, RSRTC buses rides are available only for half day during the festival of  Holi ( Dulandi),  but as the International women’s day also falls on the same day,  RSRTC has decided to provide their services for full day.

Women travelling on RSRTC buses would be exempted from paying fares during the day.

“The facility of free travel for women will be available from midnight of 7thMarch till 8th March, 2012 in all kinds of buses.

Tickets would be issued but no fare would be charged from the women passengers,” as told by Manjit Singh CMD of roadways.

The Festival of Colors and Happiness, Holi!

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Holi is a festival of color and is celebrated all over India. It is also celebrated by Indians residing out of India. This festival comes on the full moon day of ‘phagun’ – a Hindu month. This year the festival of Holi will be celebrated on March07 and 08 2012.  Everywhere, people – young or old are drenched with different colors and water. There are balloons of colored water bursting and long ‘pichkaris’ squirting colored water. People in small groups are seen singing, dancing and throwing colors on each other.

 

The colorful state of Rajasthan plays Holi much the same way as Mathura. A night before the full moon, crowds of people gather together and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves and twigs of the winter. People throw colored water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other and make merry. Singing, dancing and the traditional beats of dhol add to the gaiety of the occasion.

Celebrations by Royals
On this day even the royals of Rajasthan don a festive spirit and mingle with the commoners. In fact, royal courts all over North India have refined the festival into an art. Rajput warriors of the Rajasthani courts used to show off their equestrian skills during the festival. Rajput men would ride their steeds through the white and pink clouds of color, throwing color powders on each other. Even the members of the royal families are not immune from being drenched by color.

Brij Mahotsav
The Brij Festival is held in honor of Lord Krishna a few days before Holi, in the month of March. The festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multi hued attire, can be seen singing and performing the raslila depicting the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna.


Folk Traditions in Rajasthan

Mali Holi : The colorful festival of Holi is played in many different ways. This celebration has a unique style where the men color the women with water and women retaliate by hitting them with sticks or long pieces of cloth.

Gair at Godaji: Men from 12 villages collect at Godaji village near Ajmer in Rajasthan to play gair a few days after holi. Each village brings his own drummer and gair troupes. The picturesque location for it is a valley surrounded by hills on all sides. Thousands of onlookers and close to hundred players make a wonderful sight and a fond memory.

Dolchi Holi at Bikaner: InBikaner district, several communities have been celebrating Holi by throwing water at one another with force for the past more than 300 years. A specially designed vessel called ‘dolchi’ made from camel skin is used for the purpose. But the water is thrown only at the back of an individual.

This festival brings new hope for all the people as it marks the end of chilled winter days and the beginning of the summer. People forget their enmity and throw away their worries. Every nook and corner presents a colorful sight. 

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Brij Festival

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The Brij Festival takes place a few days before Holi, the festival of colours. This year the Brij festival will be celebrated from February02 to 04, 2012. Held in honor of Lord Krishna, this festival is marked by verve and zest. Villagers, in gay, multihued attire, can be seen singing and performing the Raslila dance-the immortal love-story of Radha and Krishna. All of Bharatpur comes alive to the sound of folk melodies on this festival held on the eve of Holi.

Men and women, young and old, rich and poor-all are touched by the spirit of this festival. Boisterous revelers spare no one during this festival and delight in splashing colour on everyone around.

Bharatpur is situated on the Delhi – Mumbai main railway line and also on National Highway no. 11 (Bikaner -Agra).Agra being the nearest Airport (56 kms.)