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8 Different Forms Of Holi Celebration Around In India

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Since India is a diverse country, there are different ways of enjoying Holi throughout the country. As we know Holi is just around the corner and most of you must have planned out your ways to celebrate Holi this season.

Holi is not just the festival of colours but it also brings in the joy and happiness to our lives. But I am sure that most of you must not be aware that Holi is celebrated in different forms and names all over India.

Here, in this article, we have listed 8 different forms of Holi which is celebrated around India.

1. Hola Mohalla in Punjab

Hola Mohalla in Punjab

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In Punjab, Hola Mohalla is actually celebrated a day before Holi. It is also popularly known as “Warrior Holi” as it is observed by brave Nihang Sikhs who perform martial arts on the festival of Holi followed by some music and dance later on.

2. Manjal Kuli or Ukuli in Kerala

Even the southern state like Kerala also celebrates Holi with full joy and enthusiasm. In Kerala, Holi is popularly known as “Manjal Kuli” or “Ukuli” which is celebrated in the Gosripuram Thirumala temple and the primary colour used in the Holi celebration is turmeric.

3. Lathmar Holi in Barsana, Mathura

This is the most unusual form of Holi which is celebrated in India. In Barsana Village, Uttar Pradesh the Holi is celebrated not only with colours but also with Lathis. I know it may sound weird to you but it is right. On this festival, women chase away men with lathis and men protect themselves with a shield.

4. Royal Holi in Udaipur, Rajasthan

The Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy in Udaipur, Rajasthan by the Mewar royal family. On the eve of Holi, localities lit a bonfire to get rid of evil spirits which is also followed by the royal music and dance performances.

5. Shigmo in Goa

Shigmo in Goa

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Shigmo is a local name for Holi in Goa. Here, the localities and farmers celebrate Holi in a unique way where they perform street dance and traditional folk songs. Not only farmers, even the visitors and tourists also take part in Shigmo festivities as well.

4. Khadi Holi in Kumaon Region, Uttarakhand

The Holi has different names in this region like Khadi Holi, Mahila Holi or Baithaki Holi. During this festival of colours, the localities used to wear traditional clothes, dance in groups and sing khadi songs to enlighten the occasion.

5. Yaoshang in Manipur

Yaosang is a Manipuri version of Holi and is celebrated with full happiness and enthusiasm. Here, in Manipur Holi celebration is a week-long affair. The main highlight of this festival is Thabal Chongba and folk dance.

6. Phagwah in Assam

In Assam, Holi is popularly known as “Phagwah”. Holika Dahan is an integral part of Holi celebration where a bundle of woods is lighted on fire a day before Holi. Here the Holi festival is celebrated for two days along with dance and singing performances along with smearing colours on each other throughout the day.

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You Will Be Surprised To Know About These 7 Strange Customs and Traditions from Different Countries

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Strange Customs and Traditions from Different Countries

There are different kinds of customs and traditions which are celebrated around the world. You will be shocked to know about these customs if you did not know about it earlier. There is no doubt that these strange practices and traditions are still being observed around the world whether you believe it or not.

Most of the peoples who have a belief in these traditions, they usually appreciate them and those who do not care about them consider these traditions as taboo or inhumane due to their strangeness.

Here, I have listed 7 seemingly strange and mad traditions from around the world.

1. Tooth Filling in Indonesia

In Bali, a particular ritual is performed by both the genders before they get married. They fill two teeth. This is done to keep any negative or evil forces or characteristics like lust, anger, greed, stupidity, intoxication, jealousy, confusion away from the newlywed couple.

2. Blubbing Brides in China

In China, brides cry for about a month as a part of the wedding preparations. This strange culture is still observed in the Wuling Mountains by the Fuji living.

3. Baby Jumping in Spain

You will be shocked to know about this particular tradition of Spain. The residents in a small northern community take part in baby jumping called EL Colacho, to keep negative energy and devil at bay.

The male individuals are dressed as the devil run between and jump over small infants who are laid on mattresses along the streets.

4. Bayanihan in the Philippines

Bayanihan in the Philippines

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This tradition involves the practice of moving the entire house to some new location. Villagers gather together, lift the house and carry it over a long distance. This generally happens during predicted floods or landslides. They carry the houses on their back.

5. Welcome drinks in Fiji

Welcome drinks in Fiji

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Guests in Fiji, South Pacific are served with a strange drink which is made up of extracting roots and served in a wooden bowl or bucket. The drink is popularly known as ‘Kava’. Although, the drink is very mild still it is considered as narcotics in many of the countries.

6. Throwing away furniture out of the window, South Africa

South Africa celebrates its New Year eve in a totally different manner when compared to us. To ring in the New Year, people throw away their old furniture out of the window into the streets below.

However, this custom is monitored by police forces carefully to make sure nobody gets hurt when they celebrate this tradition.

7. Getting bitten by bullet ants, Brazil

In the Brazilian tribe of Sateré-Mawé, when a boy becomes matured, they are asked to perform a traditional dance while wearing gloves filled with lots of bullet ants.

This particular ceremony is very challenging and a difficult one because the bite of a bullet ant is one of the most painful insect bites in the world that is even hard to imagine.

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Top 10 Reasons Explaining Why People Are Talking So Much about Fire Incident Happened at Paris’ Notre-Dame

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Many of you might not believe how badly fire broke around in France’s Notre-Dame church on 15th April 2019. However, 400 of the fire-fighters have put their best foot forward to save the cathedral from catching fire for long nine hours, before it was finally declared that the fire had been extinguished. Luckily, no one has got injured or hurt from this fire incident.

According to the New York Times, it will take some more days to properly assess the damage and to take a note that what has been destroyed and what has survived the fire during the fire breakout. But it might sound surprising to you that what was so special about this French Cathedral.

Keep scrolling to find out its importance among so many peoples.

1. ‘Crown of Thorns’ which was worn by Jesus during his crucifixion

‘Crown of Thorns’ which was worn by Jesus during his crucifixion

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A tiny piece of the Crown of Thorns that was worn over by Jesus Christ during his crucifixion is kept at the treasury at Notre-Dame. It is believed that the crown was bought by King Louis IX in 1239.

2. Notre-Dame is home to many stunning rose windows

Undoubtedly, Notre-Dame cathedral is home to three beautiful and stunning stained-glass rose windows whose stained-glass panes are in the shape of flower petals.

3. Relics of both the patron saints of Paris were located inside the spire

Relics of both the patron saints of Paris were located inside the spire

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The relics of both the patron saints, Saint-Denis and Saint Genevieve are located inside the top of the spire. They were placed by Archbishop Verdier in 1935 in order to protect the cathedral and its congregation from ill fortune.

4. Cathedral’s interior is covered with priceless paintings

The entire interior of the cathedral building is been nicely covered with some of the marvellous and priceless paintings.

5. The cathedral is home to 10 bronze bells bell that weighs nearly 4 tons

Notre-Dame is home to 10 bronze bells that weigh up to 4 tons each. It is believed that it has the oldest bell inside the church named as Emmanuel that has been present in the cathedral since 1861.

6. The roof on Notre-Dame contained a “forest”

The roof of the Notre-Dame resembles a forest from the very beginning. Its timber frame has involved around 52 acres of trees that were cut down in the 12th century to create the roof. That is why it is known as “forest”.

7. The Great Organ

Notre-Dame is also home to the largest organ in France with five keyboards and 8,000 pipes. The great organ dates back to middle ages.  

8. Archaeological Crypt

The archaeological crypt which is located inside the courtyard of the cathedral was created in order to protect 19th-century relics that were discovered during excavations in 1965.

9. Statue of Saint Anthony

France’s cathedral also has a statue of Saint Anthony of Padua in its chapel which was brought to Notre-Dame in the year 2013 by the sisters of the Bethlehem Monastery.  

10. Pagan city lies below Notre-Dame

The cathedral, Notre-Dame is located on the island namely, Île-de-la-Cité in the River Seine. This was once the centre of Paris’ predecessor, known as Lutetia. It is believed that the cathedral may have been built directly on top of the site of a temple dedicated to Jupiter

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Plan Your Next Vacation To Take Part Into One of These 5 Craziest Festivals Celebrated Around The World

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5 Craziest Festivals Celebrated Around The World

Festival means having a great time with your loved ones dancing and singing together, getting wet and dirty from top to toe for fun. In fact, every country has its own way of celebrating festivals in their unique way. Be it Holi, La Tomatina, Oktoberfest, New Year or Christmas. Each festival is unique and special in one or other way.

If you are someone who would love to have some quirkiness, colour, chaos then you must visit these countries which are famous all around the world for the way they celebrate their signature festival. You will simply love the way they are celebrated and enjoyed among the people around.

So, just gear up and get ready to witness some of the craziest festivals that you would love if you get to experience even once in your lifetime.

1. Pamplona Bull Run, Spain (July)

Did you remember that final bull run from the movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’? No matter, if you want to experience running in front of the bull with guts, you can very well plan your next visit to Spain to witness their amazing festival.

Every year this festival is celebrated in Spain during the month of July. Anyone who is above 18 can go and enjoy this festival and experience something different which you never had before.

2. Konaki Sumo Fest, Japan (April)

Well, this festival looks somewhat very exciting I am sure you haven’t have heard about such a festival before. Every Year, this festival is celebrated during the month of April in Japan.

In this festival, Sumo Wrestlers hold babies in their hands and face off each other to see whose baby will cry first. This festival is perfect for someone who loves sumo wrestlers and lots of babies.

3. Bunbury Festival, Ohio (June)

This festival is celebrated joyously every year in the month of June. The festival is enjoyed near the beautiful Ohio River. This festival is something in which you will get to see a wonderful collaboration of fun, music, food and party that any person would love to attend.

This festival continues for long three days and at the end, you will be exhausted yet happy about all the fun you had during the festival with your chaddi buddies.

4. Holi, Vrindavan, India (March)

Holi is one of the favourite festivals in India which is celebrated with full enthusiasm. It is popularly known as the ‘festival of colours’ since people throw colours on each other.

Every year this festival is celebrated whole-heartedly in Vrindavan Mathura in India during the month of March. It is during this festival you will get to taste those mawa gujiyas which are your favourite.

5. Rio Carnival, Brazil (February and March)

This is one of the most interesting and craziest festivals around the world which cannot be missed. From Samba parade to food, from fun to party, Rio Carnival is something which you cannot afford to miss.

You should visit Brazil to experience the craziness of this festival at least once in your lifetime. This festival is celebrated during the months of February and March in Brazil.

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