TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

Celebrate Holi In Jaipur This Year: 2018

Deepanshi Ahuja, Travel Writer, India

28 February 2018

Holi is the largest festival which is celebrated in all over India with a great enthusiasm. So, there are plenty of opportunities for fun and frolic. It is a festival of divine colors sharing love all over.  The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships, and is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a good harvest. It lasts for two days starting on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Bikram Sambat Hindu Calendar month of Falgun, which falls somewhere between the end of February and the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar. The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.

Draped in white, people throng the streets and smear each other with bright hued powders and spill colored water on one another through pichkaris, irrespective of caste, color, race, sex, or social status. Whatever be the choice of color, nobody remains in their original state at the end of the play. And everybody takes delight looking at the other. Really, the other name of the festival is fun. Days before Holi, the markets get flooded with the colors of every hues. This aptly sets the mood of the people till the actual day of Holi. It is such a colorful and joyous sight to watch huge piles of bright red, magenta, pink, green and blue everywhere on the streets. Buying those colors seems as you are bringing joys and color to your home and into your life. And, it is not just children, but the young and the old alike who take delight in this joyous festival of colors. Seniors too, move in their groups. Their enthusiasm is at times greater than that of their children as they forget the bars of age and follow their hearts. To youth, Holi gives a chance to explore the heights of their enthusiasm as they climb the human pyramids to break the pot of buttermilk and to express their love to their beloved by applying color.

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is also known as the Pink City. It has its own importance when it comes to the celebrations of festivals and fairs. Do you know that the state of Rajasthan due its vivid cultural richness and different festivals, also often called Rangeelo Rajasthan, which means colorful Rajasthan. People of Jaipur celebrate Holi festival with all zeal and enthusiasm.

The houses during the festival decorated with different rangolis, ladies managing households prepare traditional cuisine such as Gunjiya, Papdi, sweet Shakarpara and etc. Your Rajasthan Tourism gets more enchanted when you see the markets during this festival. Whole market is decorated with vibrant colors of Holi. You can literally see the zeal of the festival in the locals while watching them purchasing the Gulaal (dry color), water colors, Pichkaris and sweets for Holi celebrations. In Jaipur the temple of Govind dev ji is the one which is not only the oldest Jaipur temple, but also is the most worshipped temple of the city. The beauty and divinity in this temple during this festival will reach on its peak. It is a place where the celebration of Holi is of worth experience. The celebration is started a week before the festival in this beautiful temple. A week-long celebration includes playing Holi with different colored flowers, natural colors and sandalwood powder.

You can cherish the different Jhakiyan of Lord Krishna in the temple each unique and different every day. Symbolises as the festival of love and harmony, you can see different dances showing the Raas Leela of Radha Krishna in the temple during this time. On the final day, the priest in the temple sprinkle colors on the idol of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. Along with that cauldrons of color water and pichkaris are also offered to them. After this ritual, devotees plat holi in from of their deity and get sobbed in the divinity of the aura. Also on the morning of Holi, Rajasthan Tourism organizes a special celebration for visitors. It is held on the lawns of its Khasa Kothi hotel.

Diggi Palace in Jaipur also hosts a popular Holi celebration. It includes lunch buffet and cultural performances, as well as throwing of colors of course.