Mathura’s Famous Lathmaar Holi
For most of us the colourful and vibrant festival of Holi lasts for only a day. But if you want to see the festival at its epic, then head towards the town of Mathura. The festival there is celebrated much ahead of the usual date and lasts almost for one month. For me, Mathura ki Holi is all about enjoying the special Thandai or Bhang and immersing completely in the electrifying atmosphere. Holidaying in Mathura especially during the Holi will leave you with a lifetime memorable moments to cherish.
Apart from the vibrant atmosphere and amazing atmosphere, what startled me is the old age tradition of lathmaar (beating with sticks). The tradition is running between the women of Barsana and Nandgaon. According to the rituals, the women of Barsana beat the men of Nandgaon, with the heavy and long sticks while the men save themselves from the shield. Book Uttar Pradesh holiday packages and unveil the colourful festival in front of you. The revered Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is a must visit. During Holi, the priest sprinkles the colours on devotes as blessing. In the evening don’t miss the Holika Dahan procession, decorated with idols of Lord Krishna and Radha. People in the procession also get dressed up in colourful attires resembling Radha and Krishna.