Holi in Bikaner

Holi in Bikaner is one of the most colorful Bikaner fairs and festivals. The land of sands, play Holi in a very joyous and vibrant way. The local people are very enthusiastic about celebrating the festival of colors. The people plays Holi much the same way as it is played in Mathura.

The traditional form of Holi that is played in Bikaner is Dolchi Holi. In the district of Bikaner, the communities of Harsh and Vyas celebrate Holi by throwing water at each other for more than 300 years. A specially designed vase known as 'dolchi' is used for the purpose. It is made of camel skin.

The Braj Festival is celebrated in Bikaner and in the whole of Rajasthan , in the honor of Lord Krishna, which starts a few days before Holi. It is held, simultaneously, in the month of March.

Local people are dressed in colorful attire and are seen singing and dancing with a lot of vigor. The Raslila is performed during the days of Braj Festival that depicts the eternal love story of Krishna and Radha.

On the Holi eve, people gather and light huge bonfires and burn dried leaves and twigs. This is a part of the ritual associated with the festival of Holi.

On the day of Holi, people smear each other with different colors. They play Holi with both the colored water and colored powder.

The Pichkari is something that is an integral part of Holi, in which, the colored water is filled and sprinkled on people. Singing and dancing add to the merriment of the occasion.

The festival of Holi in Bikaner had been played with a lot of grandeur, in the past, at the royal court of the Rajputs.

The fervor associated with the vibrant festival is still the same. Thousands of tourists visit Bikaner to get drenched in the rainbow colors of Holi and enjoy the festivities.

Last Updated on 19 December 2011