How Holi is Celebrated in Different States

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Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, Holi is a 7-day affair. The week before, youngsters go around communities to collect money called chanda for firewood. Using this money, the youngsters buy firewood to form a large pile for the bonfire where people offer prayers to the Fire God. People bring delicacies in honour of the Fire God. Puran Poli is one of the main delicacies offered to the God. Image source: wonderfulmumbai.com

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Gujarat

In Gujarat, people celebrate Holi for two days. On day one, people offer coconut and maize to the bonfire as a prayerful gesture to the Fire God. On the second day, people celebrate the festival of colour called Dhuleti by sprinkling water and applying colours to each other. Image source: blog.easemytrip.com

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Uttarakhand

In Uttarakhand, people celebrate Holi by singing songs with a touch of melody keeping alive the fun and spirit of the festival. This musical affair includes various forms such as Baithki Holi, Khari Holi and Mahila Holi in which people gather and sing different classical ragas associated with Holi. Image source: www.krishnaprerna.in

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Bihar

The legendary story of Holika originated in Bihar. On the auspicious day of Holi, the people of Bihar light bonfires in which they offer cow dung and grains from the first harvest. Holi Milan is observed on the day wherein they greet each other and apply colours to each other. Image source: media.newindianexpress.com

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Bengal

In West Bengal, Dol Jatra, the name for Holi, is celebrated in a very divine manner by placing the icons of Krishna and Radha in a decorated palki, which is taken across the streets of the city. Image source: 2.bp.blogspot.com

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Goa

In Goa, Holi is part of the Konkani spring festival known as Sigmo, which lasts for about a month. The celebration includes Holika Puja, Dahan and Dhulivandan. Image source: www.goaeventmanagement.com

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Jammu & Kashmir

In Jammu & Kashmir, Holi is celebrated in a very high-spirited manner marking the beginning of the harvesting of the summer crop. Muslims and Hindus celebrate together leaving behind their grievances of the past. Image source: s4.scoopwhoop.com

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