Holi is nearly upon India, celebrated nationwide and tourist-friendly, this annual event stops this vast country in its tracks. In rural locations such as Maheshwar, it is often the case that the Holi festivities last for days, and very little gets done! The Hindu spring festival marks the coming of Spring is usually celebrated in March, the day after Holika. This year it falls on Friday 6th March. It’s an incredible display of fun and colour, with the throwing of powdered paint and coloured water. The night before is often a time for families to gather and light bonfires, from which the ashes are thought to bring good luck.

A lesser-known festival following on from the Holi celebration is the Holla Mohallah. An annual Sikh festival held a day after Holi, has the
drama and colour that Indian festivals are known for. A traditional display of bravery and valour by the Nihang warriors that is a must-see With impressive displays of weaponry, archery and wrestling, there’s also music, poetry and prayers, singing and chanting. An important part of the festival is the langar (community food) that is served to pilgrims irrespective of their religion or caste. The Nihang Warriors also demonstrate thrilling horse riding shows where the riders gallop bareback, performing tricks such as riding astride two horses, racing etc. Holla Mohalla is held at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, and it is estimated that over 100,000 Sikh devotees attend the festival.

Steppes Travel can organise an unforgettable journey to Rajasthan incorporating the Holi celebrations and witness to off the beaten track Holla Mohalla, Punjab.

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Clare Burkey

Author: Clare Burkey