Holi celebration in Udaipur, Rajasthan is no less than Mathura and Vrindavan. This festival is celebrated in the most royal and grand manner in Udaipur, where the royal family takes active part in all the functions and rituals. From Holika Dahan and fireworks to color splashing, Holi celebrations in Udaipur are a mesmerizing and euphoric experience. If you are planning a holiday in Udaipur this year, here are some highlights.
About Holi Festival
Holi, the festival of colors, is one of the most joyous and vibrant festivals of India. On the full moon day of Phalgun (March), entire India celebrates the festival with full zeal and enthusiasm to welcome the beautiful spring season. People wear white clothes, youth take blessings from elders and throw gulaal and wet colors on each other through jet sprays and water guns and water balloons in fun.
Many traditional sweets like Gujhiya and Matthi and beverages like Thandai and Bhang are prepared in homes. Mythologically it is believed that Holi is celebrated to mark the victory of Prince Prahlad, the symbol of good, over Holika, the symbol of evil or the devil. On the eve of Holi, people celebrate Holika Dahan. Huge bonfires are lit and people dance and sing around them to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
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How is Holi celebrated in Udaipur?
Udaipur is famous for the most amazing and royal Holi celebrations not only in Rajasthan but in the entire country. This festival is celebrated for two days in Udaipur. Holi celebration in Udaipur starts with Holika Dahan a day before Holi. Mewar is known as Holika Dahan; The bonfire takes place in the grounds of the City Palace. The ruling Mewar king and his family grace the occasion by lighting the Holi pyre, while the local people perform ‘Gair’ – a folk dance – around the bonfire. The King personally meets all the royal guests, VIPs and dignitaries who have been invited by the Royal Mewar Family for the festivities.
After Holika Dahan in Udaipur, a large and lively rally is taken out in which the members of the royal family are present on decorated camels, elephants and horses. A music band also plays in the rally. This royal procession starts from Shambhu Niwas Palace and goes to Manek Chowk royal residence. Finally, cocktails and dinner are served in the royal palace and the celebration ends with spectacular fireworks. On the second day, locals and tourists enjoy Holi throughout the city. In many parts of Old Udaipur, local people play with dry and wet colours, pichkaris and balloons. Buckets filled with colored water are thrown at anyone walking on the road. Traditional sweets are prepared in homes and local people dance and sing folk songs to celebrate. Even, every hotel and resorts in Udaipur arrange Holi celebrations with live DJ, colors and refreshments.
Places to Enjoy Holi Celebration in Udaipur
In Udaipur, the festival of Holi is celebrated all over the city. Although the royal and wonderful celebrations are seen around the City Palace and Manek Chowk, the narrow streets and local markets of Old Udaipur do not lag behind in enjoying this festival of colours.
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What to do and what not to do on Holi
- Play a safe Holi and use only organic, eco-friendly and non-toxic colours.
- Wear old and almost discarded clothes and torn shoes while playing colors.
- Cover the head with hats and scarves and wear full sleeves, so that minimal area is exposed to the colors. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
- Apply coconut oil on the head and skin before going out to play Holi. It is advisable to apply coconut oil and cleansing milk on the colors before washing them with lukewarm water.
- Wear a dental cap to protect your teeth from colors. Also, to keep your nails away from color stains, apply thick layers of nail paint.
- Avoid playing Holi with anything other than colors. Many people play with eggs and clay, which is strictly not recommended.
- Do not throw colors on animals, especially stray dogs, cats and cattle.
- Stay away from crowds or crazy groups on the streets.
- Do not indulge in illegal and irresponsible acts such as reckless driving, drunk driving or causing damage to public properties.
- Last and importantly, do not force anyone to play Holi. Not everyone likes colors and many people also suffer from allergies. Therefore, if someone shy away from playing with colors then respect his wish.
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FAQs about Holi in Udaipur
Which is the best place to celebrate Holi in Udaipur?
Holi in Udaipur is celebrated all over the city. However, royal and traditional celebrations can be seen in the City Palace. Manek Chowk and the narrow streets of Old Udaipur and the local markets do not lag behind in enjoying this festival of colors.
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Some of the Holi events organized in Udaipur in 2023 include Lotus Country Rang Raas 2023, Bindass Rangothon 4.0, Holi in Udaipur, Rangoli Udaipur 2023 and Rang De Udaipur.
What are the charges for private parties for Holi in Udaipur?
Many villas and resorts in Udaipur host private parties with DJs. The charges for Holi parties in Udaipur range from Rs 200 to a few lakhs. If you book tickets in advance then you can also get some great deals.
Is it safe to celebrate Holi in Udaipur?
Yes, it is safe to be a part of these wonderful celebrations. You can go to these Holi parties with your friends and family by booking tickets online. Make sure to wear a mask at all times and maintain social distancing.
What is the importance of Holi?
Holi is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring season. It is an important festival in India as it is celebrated to symbolize the victory of good over evil.
What should I eat on Holi?
On Holi, people usually eat traditional Holi foods like Gujhiya, Thandai, Mathi and Bhang. The festival is incomplete without these dishes.
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