n Uttar Pradesh, a North Indian state of India, the celebration of
Holi revolves around the legend of the love and romance of the
celestial couple Radha and Krishna.
In the village of Nandgaon where Krishna spend his childhood and
Barsana, the birthplace of Radha, Holi is celebrated for days
together. The streets are filled with people dancing to the tunes of
folk music. Gulal and colored water are thrown at each other.
Drenched in colors, the people thoroughly enjoy the festival. The men
folk of Nandgaon and the women folk of Barsana play the game
of "Huranga". The men use the most abusive language, which is
directed to the women folk. The women retaliate by beating them with
sticks, and the men try to protect themselves with shields. This
particular custom is known as "Lathmar Holi". The women take full
advantage of this opportunity and attack the men folk with mock
vengeances. This is a spectacle that ought to be witnessed.
Celebrated on the ninth day of the month of Phalgun,
Holi is celebrated with great fervor in Mathura and Vrindavan where
the residents are ardent devotees of Lord Krishna. Holi is
characterized by folk songs and dances and a splurge of colors.
Holi is celebrated in Nandagaon a day after the celebration in
Barsana. The men from Barsana come to Nandgaon to play Holi with the
women folk of Nandagaon. This is to commemorate the legend of Lord
Krishna and the Gopis. The men folk of Barsana take the flag of
Larily Lal temple to Nandagaon in a grand procession. The residents
of Nandagaon try to capture the flag but their attempts prove to be
futile. The women at Nandgaon protest the Barsana men with bamboo
staffs whilst the onlookers make the scene colorful. This festival is
celebrated on the tenth day of the month of Phalgun.
At Dauji (Baldeo), a village near Mathura, people celebrate this
festival with great fervor. The men are caught unawares by bucketfuls
of colored water poured on them. The men are made victims by the
women folk. They are thrashed with whips made of cloth which is torn
from the men's clothing On the whole it is a pretty wild event.