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A riot of colours: Barsana, Nandgaon celebrate Lathmar Holi

Lathmar means playing with sticks. In the festival, menfolk try to smear colour on women who traditionally protect themselves with lathis or sticks.

A riot of colours: Barsana, Nandgaon celebrate Lathmar Holi

For the first time, the popular Lathmar Holi of Barsana was celebrated this year in two phases over a period of six days with the addition of Mathura as a host, officials told PTI. (Reuters)

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In order to facilitate the ever-increasing domestic as well as international tourists, the two-day attraction which takes place in Barsana every year, was extended to six days with the addition of Mathura as a host this time. (Reuters)

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Traditionally, the festival is celebrated just a few days before Holi and is usually celebrated for about two days in Barsana and Nandgaon temples near Mathura. (Reuters)

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Lathmar means playing with sticks. In the festival, menfolk try to smear colour on women who traditionally protect themselves with lathis or sticks. (Reuters)

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The first phase of the celebrations were held in Barsana over a period of two days on March 14 and 15 beginning with Laddu Holi. (Reuters)

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This was followed by a colourful procession depicting different varieties of Holi of Brajbhumi accompanied by bands etc. starting from Rangoli Mahal and passing through the main streets of the town. (Reuters)

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The remaining four days of festivities which began on March 16 will end on March 19. (Reuters)

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The temples of Barsana and Nandgaon are decked up on the occasion and security arrangements are done in order to avoid miscreants. (Reuters)

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The annual event of Lathmar Holi is said to have originated about 5,000 years ago in Barsana and Nandgaon villages where it is still celebrated with enthusiasm and historical pride. (Reuters)