Celebrate Holi at Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur
Holi – the festival of colors – is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
Holi has various legends associated with it. The foremost is the legend of demon King Hiranyakashyap who demanded everybody in his kingdom to worship him but his pious son, Prahlad became a devotee of Lord Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap wanted his son to be killed. He asked his sister Holika to enter a blazing fire with Prahlad in her lap as Holika had a boon which made the immune to fire. Story goes that Prahlad was saved by lord himself for his extreme devotion and evil minded Holika was burnt to ashes, for her boon worked only when she entered the fire alone.
Since that time, people light a bonfire, called Holika on the eve of Holi festival and celebrate the victory of good over evil and also the triumph of devotion to god. Children take special delight in the tradition and this has another legend attached to it. It says that there was once an ogress Dhundhi who used to trouble children in the kingdom of Prithu. She was chased away by children on the day of Holi. Therefore, children are allowed to play pranks at the time of ‘Holika Dahan’.
Scheduled for March 27, 2013, the Festival of Holi infuses vibrancy and enthusiasm amongst people in India and abroad. A large number of tourists are attracted towards this grand affair of Holi celebration. The spring festival of the Hindus is observed in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and countries which have large Hindu diasporas. Many parts of the country celebrate Holi but the most famous areas are Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandagaon, and Barsana.
People in Rajasthan play Holi much the same way. A night before the full moon, crowds of people gather together and light huge bonfires to burn the residual dried leaves and twigs of the winter. The next day people come together to celebrate it by throwing colours – water and powders (gulal and kumkum) at each other and make merry. A lot of local goodies are made in households and all love singing, dancing & drinking.
Last year we celebrated Holi at Alsisar Haveli in Jaipur. It was boisterous and we must add that it had an element of the class in it with our foreign guests and a few families joining in from different erstwhile royal houses of the state. To have so many different cultures, thoughts and beliefs, together in the gardens of Alsisar Haveli and under the same sky, laughing, drinking and dancing to the merry tunes unknown to most, was an absolute blissful experience.
Come join us again this year, in this fun filled exhilarating celebration and be part of an ancient tradition. We welcome you to Alsisar Haveli, a noble’s house in the erstwhile state of Jaipur and take you through a journey filled with live music, dance, drinks and mouth watering delicacies. Let’s smear colours and splash water on each other !!!
For more details, you can contact us at the following address.
Sansar Chandra Road, Jaipur 302 001 (INDIA)
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