“Bura Na Mano, Holi Hai!” Happy Holi!

History of holi and lathmar holi

A naughty boy living in a small Indian village loved playing pranks on girls, especially on one girl from a neighboring village whom he loved a lot. The boy was pretty jealous of his beloved too as she was very fair in complexion while he was dark. The boy’s loving mother told him to go, color her face in any color he likes and that would solve his problem. The mischievous boy and his gang went to the girl’s village, colored her face, splashed other girls with water guns and ran away.

Any person living in the Indian subcontinent would have recognized this as the story of Krishna and Radha, the childhood lovers. This is how Holi became the festival of colors or the festival of love.

In the villages where these two lovers lived, the festival is celebrated in this unique way. Called “Lathmar Holi”, the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, playfully tease the women of Barsana village (Radha’s hometown) who in turn beat them with wooden sticks.

The rest of India celebrates the festival much in the same way minus the beating with wooden sticks. You can hear millions of ecstatic Indians saying to each other “Bura na mano, Holi hai” (Don’t mind, it is Holi today) as they chase and color each other in red, yellow, green, and every possible color combination.

Unsuspected travelers on the roads too are not spared from this color riot and no one seems to mind. And why should they? It’s one of the most loved festivals of India celebrated by young and old, men and women, rich and poor alike.

We would really like to color you but since that is not possible virtually at the moment, we would love to do what we are best at- sharing colorful presentations that bring the smile to your face.

Holi – Festival of Colors

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Wish you a very Happy Holi! May your life be drenched with colors of love and happiness.

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