Lathmar Holi: A look at this unique tradition

Barsana: In preparation for the impending Holi festival, the towns of Barsana and Nandgaon have already decked themselves in the colors of Lathmar Holi. “Festival of sticks and colours” is how Lathmar Holi is literally translated, and it certainly lives up to its slogan. One may argue that the major draw of the town is the Lathmar Holi festivities, which take place in two nearby towns of Barsana and Nandgaon, Mathura. There are rumors that these locations are related to Radha Rani and Lord Krishna.  Nandgaon and Barsana have started their Holi celebrations. Let’s examine the background and importance of this exciting occasion.

Lathmar Holi is connected to the narrative of the holy couple, Radha Rani and Lord Krishna. According to legend, Lord Krishna lived at Nandgaon. As a child and young adult, he was full of mischief and pleasure, and he wanted to color Radha Rani and her pals for Holi. As a result, Radha Rani and her friends welcomed him and his pals when they got to Barsana, where she lives. They mock-driven Lord Krishna and his friends out of Barsana with bars and lathis; this tradition is observed in remembrance of them.

Every year, when the men of Nandgaon go to Barsana for the Holi celebration, they are greeted by women with lathis, or sticks, who playfully beat and drive them away as the men make every effort to defend themselves.

The men are dressed in traditional clothing, while the ladies are dressed in colorful saris. The men respond with songs in the local language, while the ladies respond with songs that tell the story of Lord Krishna mocking Radha Rani. The men from Barsana go to Nandgaon the next day and try to paint and drench the women with colored water. Using sticks, the ladies try to defend themselves.

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