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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.

 

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Celebrate Holi in Rajasthan

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Elephant Festival, Jaipur

On the eve of Holi, people light bonfires to mark the occasion and ward of evil spirits in a ritual called Holika Dahan celebrated throughout the country. But we suggest, celebrate this in Udaipur, simply because Mewar royal family does it in style. There is a magnificent palace procession from the royal residence to Manek Chowk at the City Palace, including bedecked horses and royal band. Later the traditional sacred fire will be lit and an effigy of Holika burnt. You can also head to the public square at the Jagmandir.

Want to witness Elephant parades, polos and more? Head to Jaipur to celebrate Holi with elaborately painted elephants and various performances based on the life of Krishna and Radhu are held in temples. Try your hand at turban tying competition, or test your strength in a tug of war match.

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From the Elephant Festival in Jaipur to the Emperor’s Parade at Beawar, Rajasthan boasts of some unique ways to celebrate the festival of colours.

Badshah ki Sawari at Beawar, about 185 km south west of Jaipur, re-enacts a medieval practice instituted by the Great Mughal Akbar. Impressed with his minister and one of the nine gems of his court, Raja Todarmal, Akbar made him the Emperor for a day. On the day of Holi, Raja Todarmal went around in a procession distributing money and wealth on Holi. At Beawar, the Emperor and the vizier move around throwing colours.

Koda Maar Holi: It’s Rajasthan’s answer to the Lathmar Holi of Barsana. Men who throw colour or water are whipped by their victims. While men enjoy the punishment, the women too seem to love inflicting it.

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Tourists visiting Rajasthan will get a true feel of the colorful state Rajasthan.

Note: In case the Elephant Festival gets cancelled in Jaipur, Holi will still be celebrated, just without the participation of elephants.

Royal Holi Celebration at the Jaipur City Palace

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The royals of Jaipur City Palace donned a festive spirit and celebrated holi with their relatives and foreign tourists in the city. Along with all the cultural significance, the festival of Holi was observed with verve and gaiety at Jaipur’s City Palace premises on Dhulandi, March 17, 2014 in the presence of Royal family, prominent guests and tourists.

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A large number of foreign and Indian guests came to play the festival of colours with the members of the erstwhile Royal family – Rajmata Padmini Devi, Princess Diya Kumari and Maharaj Narendra Singh. The younger son, Maharaja Lakshyaraj Prakash of Sirmour was also seen enjoying himself. Everyone had a whale of a time with traditional cuisines, folk holi music and dance performances – not to forget the myriad colours, water balloons, gulal gotas and even dunking in the pool.

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Every nook and corner of the City Palace presented a colourful sight of holi to cherish till the next year!!

Brij Festival in Rajasthan

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The Brij Festival is every year held in the month of Feb or March, falling a few days before the festival of Holi. This festival is held in the commemoration of Lord Krishna. Bharatpur remains the centre of cultural activities and events.

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The eternal dance form called” Rasleela,” illustrating the eternal love story of Radha Krishan is very beautifully performed specially during Brij Festival. The villagers of Bharatpur perform this dance, dressed in bright and colorful costumes. Throughout Bharatpur, the sound of folk songs fills the air and mesmerizes people. All the people, men or women, young or old, participate in the Rajasthan Brij Mahotsav and drown in its spirit. The entire town is painted in bright colors and no one is spared from being splashed with colors.

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A lively and colourful picture of Rajasthan is portrayed through the Brij Festival which you would never want to miss. Somark your dates for Brij Festival from February 02 to 04, 2014 in Rajasthan.

Celebration of immortal love- Faag Utsav!!

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For the locale folks of the desert state, Rajasthan, the festival of Holi is a whimsical event which takes on an altogether special meaning and hue, colour and paint notwithstanding.

During the Hindu month of Phagun, Rajasthanis celebrate Holi by singing special songs called “Faag”, which celebrate the triumph of good over evil and the onset of spring.

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The tradition of celebrating faag season has its own significance in the rural society which lasts till holi. There are reportedly different types of faags, for instance Krishna faag, which is voiced as a verse to Lord Krishna’s romps during the festival of Holi.

Apparently faags are eminently celebrated all over the India, especially in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Mathura and Rajasthan according to their traditions.

In Jaipur, except Janmashtami, Holi is celebrated grandly in Govind Dev ji Temple of Jaipur. During the festival, Faag, Raas and special Jhankis start from one month before holi festival.

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Instead of color or gulal powders, flowers are used to play Holi here. The celebration shows the re-enactment of Lathmar Holi of Braj and Muslim artists pay homage to the immortal love of Radha and Krishna.

The history of Faag Utsav is growing since 300 years and the raison d’être for using flowers instead of color stanches from the belief that the use of the color hurts the idol of Krishna. The colorful affair is eventually marked by many cultural exuberant processions, like dancers wearing colorful dresses and painting their bodies in anticipation of a performance before the public.

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The legends of Radha and Krishna are showcased through vibrant folk songs & dances of Holi at the temple for more than a week during the faag festival.

At the temple, the greatest artist of the world, Krishna, witnesses the art of numerous performers which are performed as offering to Krishna. The celebration of Faag utsav certainly broadens the meaning of Holi.

Holi! The Splash of colours

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Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!

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Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made he immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.

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Since that time, people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition and this has another legend attached to it. It says that there was once an ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’.

Scheduled for March 27, 2013, the Festival of Holi infuses vibrancy and enthusiasm amongst people in India and abroad. A large number of tourists are attracted towards this grand affair of Holi celebration. Holi, the colourful festival is more popular in villages than they are in cities. People from far off villages specially move down to the village holding the Holi Fair a week before the festival. It serves as a full entertainment package for young children and elders. One can visualize the craze and love to celebrate the colorful festival with the enthusiasm among the people.

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The colourful 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 coloured 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.

On this day even the royals of Rajasthan don a festive spirit and mingle with the commoners. Infact, 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. Even today, Rajput men would ride their steeds through the white and pink clouds of colour, throwing colour powders on each other. Even the members of the royal families are not immune from being drenched by colour.

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Another important attraction of the Holi is the traditional drinks of Bhaang and Thandai. People love to taste the traditional drink and enjoy the excitement of Holi till late afternoon followed by traditional luncheon and dinner with friends and relatives…. 

Brij Festival

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The Brij festival in Rajasthan takes place every year prior to the festival of Holi. Starting from February02 – 04, 2013, Brij festival is dedicated to lord Krishna who is believed to have spent a considerable time of his childhood at a place called Brij. The festival is yet another occasion for the villagers to be proud of the rich Indian culture and mythology.

The festival sees villagers splashing colours on each other and painting their houses in different and bright colours. The major highlight of the festival is the dance called Raslila which it is said was performed by Krishna and Radha in moments of deep intimacy and affection. The sight of villagers performing this dance in traditional attires is extremely pleasing. The sound of folk melodies and songs is a treat to the ears.

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