Uttarakhand Holi, a day to express love with colours
Holi is a festival which has shifted its form and significance with the changing scenario. From Past thousand years, it has been celebrated in most parts of the country for colour, Fun, Love, happiness and food. Holi is a festival of colour and prosperity and is celebrated all over the country with joy and happiness.
Uttarakhand Holi is same as other states, simply if we travel in history, we would come to know new things about Uttarakhand Holi. This should not be a shock for you to know that Holi is not very old in Uttarakhand and it has its roots from the Tehri Kingdom. It is said that Holi in Uttarakhand is adopted from the Other States , but this state has maintained its value. In Uttarakhand, Holi is celebrated in a different manner.
Uttarakhand culture is little different and on this pure day, people from both the regions Kumaon and Garhwal do different rituals like to take a pure plant sapling and tying a red cloth on it, worshiping that plant, Baithki Holi, khadi Holi and much more from the women’s side too.
Holi is a festival full of fun and almost every part of India celebrate it with high energy. But Kumaoni Holi does have a different colour; it is recognized as different Holi in all over the world.
Kumaoni Holi is divided into two parts: 1.Baithki Holi 2.Khadi Holi. Baithki Holi is named as Baithki because it is celebrated by singing Holi songs while in sitting position and it starts from the day of Basant panchmi. Same way Khadi Holi is celebrated with different Songs and colours while people are in standing Position.
As far as Garhwal Holi is concerned, it does not have some specific divisions like Kumaon but people of Garhwal enjoy it in their own way.
Uttarakhand is the only state where people sing songs of goddess shiva, and his different avatars. This song explains about the three goddesses of Hindu culture Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. They sing this song while cutting payya and mehul trees for using it later on ‘’Holika Dehan’’. Garhwali Holi is a Mixture of Kumaon and Garhwal. They also enjoy Baithki and Khadi Holi with songs of Famous ‘folk Singer Narendra Singh Negi’.
Garhwal Holi is less in energy if we compare it with Kumaon Holi. In Kumaon people start celebrating Holi from Basant Panchmi and keeps on celebrating it till Ramnavmi, for around 3 to 4 months, but Garhwal Holi ends in one month. Pithoragarh Holi is last in Uttarakhand and it ends on Ramnavmi. Kumaon Holi is full of divine music and amusement like Raag Thumri, Raag Jhijhori, Raag dhamal, Raag Jungle, Raag Bhairvi and much more whereas Garhwal Holi is colorful but not that musical.
With passion and fun people enjoy Holi in Uttarakhand in both the regions whether its Kumaon or Garhwal. Holi is celebrated in all over the country to enjoy the victory of good over bad. It is not always Indian culture which defines this festival, people from foreign countries come to enjoy this festival in Rishikesh with their Guru’s.
Uttam Das(78-year-old), has opened his ashram doors, to welcome his students from abroad. The aging guru plays the swar mandal, mesmerizing his audience and for 65-year-old Jeniffer, an art student from Canada, the call of her second home, the Music Ashram as it is known, is far too much to resist. She says “I know how much guruji likes to celebrate it with art and music, India is all about colon and passion and I will be celebrating with wide eyes open and my heart is open to receive to be part of the grand celebration of Holi. Just like Jennifer thousands of tourists visit Rishikesh every year to witness Holi celebration.