Welcome to Pushkar, where Holi isn't just a festival; it's a cultural extravaganza that captures the heart of Rajasthan. The festival throws convention out the window and paints the town (literally) in a riotous celebration of life, love and a hint of mischief.
Significance of Holi
Although the date of Holi varies every year according to the Hindu calendar, it generally occurs around March. Pushkar during Holi becomes a lively haven and the chill of winter gives way to the warmth of spring. The festival is representative of the victory of good over evil and the destruction of negativity in the Holika Dahan bonfire. The distinctive "bhaang lassi" drink is sold by shacks and local vendors, while hundreds of people gather to create a colorful canvas.
Holi in Pushkar
It's a celebration that begins days before the actual festival. Locals engage in fervent preparations, decorating the streets with vibrant flowers, and markets buzz with excitement as people stock up on colourful powders and sweets. On the day of Holi, the town comes alive with joyous chaos. Friends and families gather in the streets, armed with bags of colours, ready to paint the town with love. You'll find children chasing each other with water balloons, and elders sharing laughter over traditional sweets. Loud music is played on streets with huge speakers around the town. It's a spectacle that transforms Pushkar into a canvas of unity and joy.
Beyond the Colours
Holi holds immense importance in Pushkar, deeply embedded in the town's cultural fabric. The festival not only marks the arrival of spring but also serves as a time for renewal and rejuvenation. Pushkar, known for its spiritual aura, embraces Holi as a spiritual journey where the soul is cleansed along with the colours. Head to the Brahma Temple, the only one dedicated to the creator god, where priests shower devotees with blessings and, of course, gulal. Or, wander through the bustling bazaars, where vendors offer traditional sweets and handmade Pichkaris, each one a tiny work of art.
For those seeking organised revelry, Pushkar offers a plethora of Holi festivals. This 2024, don't miss the Pushkar Music Festival on the 23rd and 24th of March at Pushkar Lake. You will find yourself enjoying the company of strangers and renowned DJs spin pulsating beats, adding a modern twist to the ancient celebration. If you decide to stay at Ananta Spa and Resort, vibrant cultural events within the resort are held, allowing you to witness traditional dances and music with organic colours and delicious Holi treats.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Range, Ananta Spa and Resort, Pushkar is your perfect Holi abode whether you wish to celebrate Holi without getting swept away by the main event's crowds or retreat after a day filled with color and festivities for an Ayurvedic spa promising post-Holi rejuvenation. Book your tickets today, after all, Holi hai!