India is full of colors of Holi in all parts of it. But when it is Gujarat, it will be more enthusiastic and more fun. Let’s know about it in detail.
Holi 2020 in Gujarat:
Gujarat is the westernmost state of India. It is full of fun and food here. People of Gujarat, especially youngsters, enjoy it with full spirit. They start preparations of Holi a week or two before it comes.
The bonfire night in Gujarat:
People decorate the bonfire with flowers and fruits. After that, they lite it with fire, which they bought from the temple of Mata. People sing and dance around and enjoy. Also, they offer raw mangoes, corn, coconut, khoya, and toys made of sugar at Holika. So everyone eats and celebrates the victory of good over evil. They apply tilak on the forehead of each other and offer warm hugs too.
Tribute to Goddess Gauri:
Gauri is the Goddess of virginity, who is the perfect wife of Lord Shiva. She is also famous as Parvati. So virgins of Gujarat create images from the ashes of the bonfire and pay tribute to her. This way, young girls pray that they get the perfect husband like Shiva. And boys pray for the ideal wife like Gauri/Parvati.
Breaking the Matki in Gujarat:
It is a tradition of Gujarat to hang high a pot full of buttermilk, which is also said to be a Matki. It is to pay tribute to Lord Krishna, who loved buttermilk in childhood. He used to steal it form a house in the village that was accessible.
So hundreds of young people gather to build a pyramid so that they can reach the Matki and break it. While they do so, other people in the crowd throw watercolor on them to distract the people from making the pyramid. In the end, the pyramid that successfully breaks the Matki receives a reward of acknowledgment.
Another state also performs this activity. Know about it here…
Holi King of Gujarat:
He is the person who climbs up the pyramid of people to reach the Matki of buttermilk. Whoever does this successfully is given the name of Holi King. He is presented with a crown, and everyone cheers to celebrate.
So if you are in love with Gujarati Holi, make a plan to be a part of it in 2020. You will surely love every bit of it.