Holi is one of the most significant festivals in India. And not just because everyone loves to play with colours. But the festival indicates a lot of things! Holi is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring, to celebrate the eternal love of Radha Krishna and to commemorate the Narasimha avatar of Lord Vishnu. And to take you on a colourful journey of Holi, Curly Tales and Mashable India’s Siddharth Aalambayan and Srishti Shrivastava headed to Mathura to celebrate this divine festival!
Holi In Mathura!
Mathura lies in the Braj region and that’s why the name ‘Brijwasi’ was so popular. Celebrating Holi in Mathura is related to the divine love of Radha Krishna. According to some legends, Krishna was despaired of his dark skin and thought Radha would reject him. So, his mother, Yashoda, suggested that he should approach Radha and ask her to paint his face with her favourite colour. This is why they were often found playing with colours.
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And to explore this interesting festival, our hosts have visited the city of Mathura. Upon entering the gullies of the city, they were greeted with water balloons. The first day was spent witnessing the ethereal ‘Holika Dahan’ — a pre-festival ritual that depicts the victory of good over evil and the start of spring. And the next day is spent painting each other’s faces with colours!
Lip-Smacking Food To Try!
One thing that no festival is complete without is food! Indulging in a variety of delicacies is why we eagerly wait for the festival. And that is exactly what Shrishti and Siddharth did in Mathura. Besides being the centre of Radha Krishna’s love story, this place is famous for its tantalising food. And if you are visiting this divine city, then don’t forget to try the special peda at ‘Brijwasi’.
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Besides this, the streets are lined with stalls serving chaat dishes that you have never tried. And what a delight are the piping hot kachoris! Visiting a place and exploring its history is eye-opening. But taking a glance at the colourful and joyous festivals of India is where you will get the real vibe of the place!
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