many tourists have enquired about the famour lathmaar holi of barsana, nandgaon in vrindaavan this year 2012.
though i have written to many people who wish to visit this festival this year. they have enquired about the dates , this year, as the dates are always according to lunar calander.
this year the dates of lathmaar holi लठ्ठमार होली are 2nd and 3rd march. and the main festival is on 8th march, but should be reconfirmed as the actual date is sometime chage a day according to the calculation of stars by different styles in different sects of hindus. some times it is celebrated on two days.
my family lives in delhi, which is about 120 kilometer from brij / vrindaavan, which is the centre of festival , and is the birth place of lord krishna. so any body who is interested in knowing more, i am more then eager to help out if they write me on my email address; firstname.lastname@example.org , or my phone no.:+91-9810890743 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +91-9810890743 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and skype : ashok.gupta004 ,
here is one good video link which will give you some idea about it.
recently some body sent me a link about the holi in utah, usa. it is worth wathing.:
देखिये एक अविस्मरणीय होली अमेरिका में :
here is some information about holi and lathmaar holi :
in hindi this is called लठमार होली
i.e. lath means ; a bamboo stick
maar : to beat
Lathmaar Holi is celebrated in Barsana, a small village at a distance of about 15 km from Vrindavan. It is known throughout India for its traditional Holi celebrations. No other city in the country can match the grandeur of the festival here. Barsana is actually the birth place of Lord Krishna's beloved and divine consort, Radha. This is also the place where Lord Krishna used to play pranks on his beloved and Gopis (Radha’s companion). This naughty festivity still reflects in the celebrations of Holi in this village. Holi here is regarded as the celebration of the divine love of Radha and Krishna.
According to the folklore and mythological tales, Krishna in one of his pranks, applied dark colors on the cheeks of Radha, as she was fairer than him. This initiated the tradition of celebrating Holi not only here but in the whole country. Following the tradition, men from Nandgaon, the place where Krishna spent his childhood and early days, come to play Holi with the women of Barsana. Here, women and girls welcome them not with colors, but with stout sticks.
All this takes place in pursuit of men, trying to put a flag on the temple dedicated to Radha Rani. To stop them from doing so, women beat them hard with sticks. Some of them are even made to wear saris and skirts, all in the spirit of the festival. On the other hand, men, knowing what awaits them, come fully padded, carrying shields to protect themselves. The sight of women beating men is electrifying. The environment echoes with the reverberating sound produced by the stick hammering the shields.
Lathmaar Holi is definitely an interesting Holi celebration, wherein men patiently face the charged womenfolk. This is considered the sweet revenge women take for the ancient pranks played by Lord Krishna on them. However, after all the women folk is tired and their game is over, it is now the chance for the men to reciprocate. They drench the women with the colors of kesudo (a natural dye) and palash, thereby balancing the deal. At the end of the day, the Holi celebrations at Barsana present an unforgettable life time experience, downed with the spirit of devotion and affection for the Lord.
one person recently asked from me about this holi: this is the copy of that communication:
dear leonar and miguel,
Hello AshokI have read about you in the thorn tree forum of Lonely planet. We are thinking of going to India to attend Holi. I have read about the Holi in Basara and Laoungdeon, and also in Mathura and Vindravan. I do not know wich one is best, wich one is the most interesting. As I suppose you know it quite well, I would be very grateful if you could suggest us which one to attend. Also I am not sure the exact days of the holi. I have read they celebrate holi during some days but I suppose there is one day that is the best to attend. Could you please inform me about that?Thank you so much
Leonor & Miguel
many times different tourists have enquired different questions about holi to me , directly and through my one time entry in lonely planet, here i am also giving those writings.