Holi in India – History, Mythologies, Legends & Beyond (part 2)

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh Krishna’s birthplace certainly has some cranky celebrations. In Vrindavan, the holi festival begins with a traditional puja of worshipping Lord Krishna in the end of winter, on Vasant Panchami. Coming to the quirky part, Matki Phod, a historical tradition where an earthen pot filled with butter is hung high by a rope, is celebrated. Group of men forming pyramids climb on each other’s shoulders to attempt to break the pot while women distract them by throwing colors. The festival lasts 16 days with live Raas-leelas of Krishna in some temples. Basanta Utsav, Shantiniketan, West Bengal […]