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Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals and is also one of the most fun ones. Of course, there are prayers to the Gods, but the festivities then continue on the streets as colorful street festival. Though there is one main Holi day, the festivities actually start in mid-January at the time of Makar Sankranti and continue beyond the Holi day itself. If you are coming all the way to India to celebrate and capture Holi, it's highly recommended that you come early as well as stay back a little longer to capture some big events before and after the main Holi day.

The holi celebrations continue for a week in Mathura and Vrindavan. Some of the biggest events which make up this festival are :

Event 1: Lathmar Holi at Barsana and Nandgaon

24th February (Barsana) & 25th February (Nandgaon) 2018

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A scene from the Lather Holi festival. Pic credit: Achal Mishra
The first in this is a rather peculiar style of Holi celebrations where women chase men and beat them up with Lathis (sticks), and it’s called Lathmar Holi. There are two towns which celebrate this festival with zest and these are Barsana and Nandgaon.

Event 2: Phoolon wali Holi, Vrindavan

26th February 2018

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Phoolon wali Holi (Pic: Divyakashi)
Othe Ekadashi before Holi, the Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan celebratesunique Holi which is not celebrated with conventional dry or wet colors, but with flowersand hence the name Phoolon wali holi (Flowers' Holi). The event inot as popular as the other events but is quickly getting it's due.

Event 3: Widow's Holi, Vrindavan

27th February 2018

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Widows in India have always led a difficult life. They were often banished from their homes and were forced to live in ashrams in Varanasi and Vrindavan. They wore white clothes and never played with colors. A few years back the widows of Pagal Baba Widow Ashram, Vrindavan decided to break this convention and play with colors.

Event 4: Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

1st March 2018

Banke Bihari is the hub of Holi festivities in Vrindavan - believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The event here takes place just a day before the main Holi festival. The temple opens up its doors to all visitors to come and play Holi with the Lord himself. The priest throws colors and holy water and the crowd chants in unison. It's an unbelievable experience to be a part of this event. 

Event 5: Holi procession in Mathura

1st March 2018
After the Holi festivities in Vrindavan get over around 2pm, head out to Mathura to participate in the colorful Holi procession. The procession starts at Vishram Ghat and gets over a little after the Holi Gate. It's best to catch it on the street connecting the two landmarks.

Event 7Huranga at Dauji Temple

3rd March 2018

On the day after Holi, Dauji Temple, located about 30 km outside Mathura, comes alive with men getting not just beaten up but also stripped by the women :)




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