Legend has it that Lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha’s village and playfully teased her and her friends. Taking offence, the women of Barsana chased him away.
And here´s how it goes. Since then, Indian men from Krishna’s village, Nandgaon, visit Barsana for Holi in the town, which can be found in Barsana, Uttar Pradesh.
People celebrate Lathmar Holi, a variation of the Hindu spring festival Holi in which the women beat the men with sticks. The traditional Holi festival is celebrated in March at the temple dedicated to Radha in India – and the festivities continue from there.
It all begins with throwing water, egg paste and gulal – coloured powder. Once everyone is well and truly covered in multi-coloured muck then people bang drums, dance and throw flower petals at each other – so far so safe.
Then you begin to spot the lathi sticks, which look and feel as dangerous as the local women make them appear as they swing them about their heads.
Then you may notice the local men ducking under the cover of bin lids, hands, passing feral cats and women´s skirts as the blows rain down on their heads. And since you´re covered in coloured muck, you´ll not be recognized as an imperial tourist master but will be soon mixed in with the locals and be beaten to a pulp.
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