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Guidelines to the 2021 Holi Festival in India

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Holi Festival in India

The Holi festival memorialises good over evil, especially the demon Holika’s burning and demolition. Lord Vishnu, the Hindu god of preservation, helped make this possible.

The “Festival of Colors” got its name from Lord Krishna’s childhood shenanigans as a rebirth of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on village girls by drenching them in water and colours.

Holi is marked as a spring festival in India to express gratitude for a bountiful harvest season.

When is Holi festival Celebrated?

Holi festival is celebrated on the Hindu lunar calendar. Each year, the festival begins with Holika Dahan on the night of the full moon (Purnima) in March and ends with the next day’s colour throwing. Holika Dahan will be on March 28 in 2021, and Holi 2021 will be on March 29.

In West Bengal and Odisha, the festival is celebrated a day earlier, on the same day as Holika Dahan, Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima. Furthermore, festivities in some parts of India (such as Mathura and Vrindavan) begin a week or so earlier.

Where is Holi celebrated?

Festivities are held all over India, but some places are more festive than others. Check out the top ways and places to celebrate Holi 2021 in India to understand what happens and where it happens.

 Traditional Holi 2021 celebrations are most common in Uttar Pradesh’s Brij (also known as Braj) area, about three hours from Delhi, where Lord Krishna has grown up. This area is based on Mathura and Vrindavan. The celebrations last for more than a week. However, due to the rowdy actions of many local men, women’s safety is a concern. As a result, it’s best to go on a guided group tour.

Rajasthan is a popular Holi destination for foreign tourists, especially in Pushkar, Jaipur, and Udaipur. Many backpacker hostels host Holi parties for their visitors. In Jaipur, Rajasthan Tourism hosts a unique Holi festival.

What is the Holi Festival like?

People spend the day smearing coloured powder on each other’s faces, pouring coloured water in each other’s faces, throwing parties, and dancing under water sprinklers. Bhang, a cannabis-based paste, is also commonly eaten as part of the festivities.

In large cities across India, such as Delhi and Mumbai, special Holi events with music, rain dances, and colours are held. Via Tripadvisor, you can celebrate Holi 2021 with a local Indian family in Delhi and Jaipur.

What are the Rituals that are Performed? 

The burning of the demon Holika is the focal point of Holi rituals. Big bonfires are lit to commemorate Holika Dahan. People sing and dance around the fire and walk around it three times, in addition to performing a special puja (worship ritual). People also walk through the hot coals of the fire in certain parts of India! This form of firewalking is called sacred. Saras village in Gujarat, near Surat, is one of the places where it occurs.

The Hindu book, the Narada Purana, mentions Holika’s destruction. Holika’s brother, the demon King Hiranyakashyap, allegedly wanted her to burn his son, Prahlad because he didn’t worship Lord Vishnu and instead followed Lord Vishnu. Holika sat in the burning fire with Prahlad in her lap, believing that no fire could hurt her. Prahlad, on the other hand, was spared because of his loyalty to Lord Vishnu. Holika, on the other hand, was burned to death.

A priest in Falen village, near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, claims that his village is the location of the mythological story of Holika. For hundreds of years, local priests have reportedly passed through the burning fire unharmed. They’re considered an embodiment of Prahlad and blessed by him because they don’t get hurt. However, the priest acknowledged that he spends a significant amount of time in meditation and training before performing such a remarkable feat.

On the Holi festival’s primary day, there are no religious rituals, unlike most other Indian festivals. It’s just a day for having a good time!

Holi 2021 is celebrated in Odisha and West Bengal.

Dol Jatra celebrations in West Bengal and Odisha are similar to Holi in that they are dedicated to Lord Krishna. The mythology, on the other hand, is very different. The festival commemorates the day when Krishna is said to have shared his love for Radha. On specially decorated palanquins, Radha and Krishna idols are brought around in the procession.

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Devotees swing them in exchange. Coloured paint is also smeared on the statues. Colours are, of course, thrown at people on the street! On Phagu Dashami, six days before the festival, the festivities begin (March 24, 2021).

What to Expect at the Festivities

Holi is a carefree festival that can be a lot of fun if you don’t mind getting soaked and dirty. You’ll end up drenched in water and covered in pigment on your face and clothing. Wear old clothes and some of them won’t wash out quickly. It’s also a good idea to rub hair oil or coconut oil onto your skin before applying the colour to avoid it absorbing.

Information about Holi festival Protection

Since the Holi festival allows men to defy social norms and generally “let loose,” they often go too far and behave disrespectfully.

During Holi, single women should avoid going out alone in public places, as inebriated young Indian men can be dangerous. These men, who have ingested excessive amounts of bhang and other intoxicants, will make a nuisance of themselves by touching women inappropriately. They like to congregate in groups and can be very violent. Rape does happen, which is why it’s so important to take precautions during the Holi festival.

If you want to celebrate Holi 2021i in the streets, go early in the morning. Return to your hotel by midday to stop the men from being too intoxicated. In a healthy atmosphere, several hotels host memorable Holi 2021 parties for their guests.

Yellow powder and water will be rubbed and thrown in your face, mouth, and ears. Keep your mouth shut and your eyes shielded as much as you can.

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Trends for Holi 2021

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Trends for Holi 2021 and what to wear

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Love,” is an ancient Hindu religious festival celebrated throughout India. Holi allows young lovers to express their love while surrounded by a rainbow of colours. But what do you put on?

On this festival, wearing an old white kurtas-salwar kameez is frowned upon. People are becoming more conscious about fashion and style, and the day has come a long way from traditional whites. Holi outfits have already transformed. Here are some fashion and style suggestions for Holi 2021.

1. Clothing that is brightly coloured this Holi

Why stick to the simple white when Holi means a splash of colour?

Wear fun accessories, such as a brightly coloured belt or shoes, to add colour to your outfit.

The colour yellow, which is an excellent alternative to traditional white symbolise spring.

Floral prints are popular right now, and they’re a great way to celebrate Holi 2021 in style.

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2. Nothing clingy or stiff.

Wear a loose t-shirt or funky pyjamas if you prefer comfort. This will ensure that all the colours thrown at you stand out, so you will not be overheated. When you get wet, some clothes may become sheer or stick to your body, so be careful about what you wear.

3. Cotton that isn’t too hard

Cotton is the perfect fabric to wear this season because it keeps you cool. The sun will scorch, particularly with this year’s late Holi. Keep this in mind when selecting your Holi attire, which should be loose and lightweight cotton. This means that your clothes don’t sag even though they’re drenched in paint and sweat. Wearing a shirt and linen pants is the perfect way to cover yourself from the light. A full-sleeved kurta and palazzos are a perfect fit for ladies.

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4. Funky footwear

The attire for Holi 2021 can range from formal to wacky. Sandals are the fittest choice when it comes to boots. Because you’ll get wet, don’t wear heels or anything else that will make you slip or feel awkward. We recommend a fun, colourful pair of flip-flops that are also easy to clean.

5. Ethnic wear

If you’re looking for some ethnic Indian clothing, the classic combination of a long kurta and leggings is a good option. This one will never go out of vogue for this festival. A white Kurti and jeans are also wonderful choices because they give you a trendy yet comfortable look.

Holi 2021 attire varies depending on the occasion. Wearing fashionable clothing may also protect one from poisonous colours. On this festival, white serves as a canon, and the colourful Gulal can paint an excellent portrait of colours on you by expelling positive energy. You can protect your hair by tying a printed stole around your head.

In 2021, don’t be afraid to wear something you’ve never worn before during this festival. Styling for the festival is a significant undertaking. Still, once you’ve completed it, you can open your heart, let the colours illuminate your soul, and immerse yourself in the tranquilly of vibrant hues. Have a wonderful Holi!

6. Cover yourself

Apply oil to the entire body. We’re talking about your whole body. Your hair, ears, arms, and legs, to name a few. You’ll have a safer chance of getting the paint off at the end of the day if you do this. Coconut or almond oil is recommended, so bring some with you or buy some when you arrive. Cover your head if you have light-coloured hair (and don’t care if it turns pink for the rest of your trip). Wearing a shower cap – a Louvelle Shower Turban is a wise option that really works – or ties your hair back and wraps a scarf around your head.

Nowadays, because of COVID” 19, every person should take care of themselves, and the Gujrat Deputy CM doesn’t allow for ‘Holika Dahan” and is denied for Holi celebration. So, every person should follow the rules as per the government guidelines on Holi 2021.

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