Bright coloured suprises, rooted in tradition

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Holi is the Hindu festival of colours, celebrated in spring. In Barsana, a small town in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district, people celebrate a variation of Holi called ‘Lathmar’ Holi, which sees them beat each other with batons/sticks. During Lathmar Holi, the women of Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, Hindu God Krishna’s beloved, beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks, in response to their efforts to colour them. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna received similar treatment from ‘gopis’ when he would visit Barsana with his friends to pour coloured water on them. In retaliation, Radha and other gopis chased them, and beat them up with sticks. Holi is celebrated for more than two weeks in Vrindavan and Mathura. Everybody enjoys the occasion by singing Krishna Leela songs.

Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey
Photo: Vijay Pandey

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