Holi, also known as the festival of colours is one of the important and well celebrated festival of India that falls in the spring season. The mythological and cultural importance of this colourful festival has great values among the citizens of India, Nepal and many parts of abroad too. Symbolized as the victory of good over the evil, Holi falls on the Falguni Purnima according to Hindu calendar, usually in the months of February and March and this year it will be celebrated on 13th March.
It is an ancient festival that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and glee. Followed by Holika Dehan, the act of playing with colours, sharing sweets and meeting friends and relatives are the major highlights of the festival that make it all the more popular. The festival also preaches love, togetherness and happiness.
Though the festival is celebrated in almost every part of the country, but the best places to enjoy happen to be Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana as these places witness a different kind of traditions and ceremonies, especially the lath-maar Holi. Tourists from different corners of the world visit Mathura to experience the joy of this festival and savor delicious pedas, gujiyas and other food items that are specially prepared for this festival. From temples to streets, each and every corner of these cities is covered in the colors of Holi and hymns of Lord Krishna’s name. Shri Banke Bihari Temple, ISKCON Temple, Prem Mandir, etc. are the most popular temples that can be visited during the festival.