Lathmar Holi is a unique and popular variation of Holi celebrated in Barsana and Nandgaon towns of Uttar Pradesh, India. In Lathmar Holi, women playfully beat men with sticks or lathis, and men try to protect themselves with shields. The festival is celebrated a few days before the actual Holi festival.
According to the Hindu calendar, Lathmar Holi in 2023 will be celebrated on March 6th, 2023, which is four days before the actual Holi festival on March 10th, 2023.
The festival of Lathmar Holi is steeped in mythological and historical significance. It is believed to have its roots in the love story of Lord Krishna and Radha. Legend has it that Lord Krishna visited Radha’s village, Barsana, and teased her and her friends. In response, the women of Barsana playfully chased and beat him with sticks. This tradition has continued to this day, and Lathmar Holi is celebrated in a similar manner in Barsana and Nandgaon.
Lathmar Holi is a unique and fun-filled festival that is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. It is a time to forget differences and come together to celebrate the spirit of love and unity. If you happen to be in Barsana or Nandgaon during Lathmar Holi 2023, don’t miss the opportunity to witness this colorful and vibrant festival firsthand.