- Phoolon Wali Holi is a style of celebration that originated in Vrindavan and exclusively involves playing with flowers.
- The city’s widows gather and smear each other’s faces in color for a special celebration that symbolizes the departure from tradition.
- During Dhulandi, revelers traditionally play with gulal but celebrations have come to include water guns and devotional music.
Festivals, celebrations and special occasions abound in India, but
Popularly known as the “Festival of
A young Krishna was embarrassed by the blue color of his face while his love,
According to legends, Krishna was born in
Braj is a region of Uttar Pradesh that is home to all these towns and is considered the origin of this tradition.
Holi in Vrindavan
Holi gatherings in Vrindavan, like in Mathura and Benares, are attended by thousands of people from the interior of the country and cultural explorers from all over. The celebration at Braj Bhumi is not limited to a single day but is marked by multiple events spread over a week.
Phoolon wali Holi
Phoolon wali Holi is a unique celebration originated and unique to Vrindavan which falls on the Ekadashi before Holi. The whole town takes part in this one-day party that consists exclusively of playing with flowers. Krishna’s idol
This unique celebration symbolizes the renunciation of old traditions. Widows have historically been ostracized by society and banished to ashrams. The convention prohibited them from seeking any pleasure in life, but primarily love or friendship and vanity.
Today, the widows of the Pagal Baba Ashram gather in a spirit of defiance and mark the celebrations by donning colorful clothes and participating in one of the most spectacular events in Vrindavan.
The colors have significant symbolism as Indian widows were only allowed to wear white, which was considered colorless.
Dhulandi, or the Holi of Colors, is the style of celebration that transcends all regional, national and cultural boundaries and is hugely popular within and beyond the boundaries of Brij Bhumi. Different parts of India have embraced the festival regardless of culture and faith.
The revelers traditionally defile gulal in each other’s faces and throw it around. The celebration has come to include water mixed with color that is splashed on everyone and devotional music or Bhajans set the tone for the festivities.