Lathmar Holi Festival In India
Traditionally a rite that celebrates the coming of spring, Holi is marked by
joyous participants throwing colored water and powder. In northern Uttar
Pradesh, "Lathmar Holi" is celebrated before Holi itself, and while it is a rite
of spring there as well, the festival also features another layer of fun rooted
in Hindu mythology. Lord Krishna is said to have visited the village of Barsana
to tease his consort Radha. Women in the town responded by chasing him away.
Today women from Barsana "beat" the men from Krishna's village of Nandgaon with
sticks for singing provocative songs and throwing colored powder on them.
A man daubed in colored powder smiles as he celebrates "Lathmar Holi" in the
village of Nandgaon in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In a Holi
tradition unique to Nandgaon and Barsana villages, men sing provocative songs to
gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis".
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and
is celebrated all over India.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 April 2012 )