India is the most gorgeous to explore during its festivals. There is something about the zesty locals, decorated shops and streets, echoing sacred rituals and a sense of wholesome positivity. Every year in the month of March the country celebrates Holi and the festivities around the occasion are exceptional! Staying true to its diverse essence, India celebrates its festivals in several different ways around the regions – Each one equally fascinating. One of the grandest festivities that make for a traveler’s jackpot is the Holika Dahan ceremony at the City Palace of Udaipur.
Holi celebrations start the day before the actual event with a Holika Dahan. On the full-moon night of Holika Dahan, locals gather together to light a prayerful fire celebrating the mythological victory of good over evil. The City Palace in Udaipur takes it to the next level. Keeping the tradition alive, the royal family on this day, embark on a grand procession from the Royal residence to Manek Chowk. The family dressed in dazzling traditional attire is accompanied by professional staff, a gorgeous band and royally decorated horses. The sight is sure to leave you swooning and starry eyed! The huge pyre is then lit by the present custodian of the Mewar Dynasty. The locals follow by cheering and performing Gair, a folk dance around the sacred pyre. The air on this evening sings of togetherness and new beginnings. It almost feels as if the warmth of the bonfire is cleansing the soul of negativity and making room for the good things in life.
The festivities of Holika Dahan at the City Palace in Udaipur are celebrated as a part of the World Heritage Festival that goes from 19th to 23rd March. You can purchase the passes for the event online and sign yourself up for the most authentic and unique experience. The festival includes many cultural performances, classical music concerts, folk dance, recitals and retellings of mythological stories, exhibitions and walking tours. The event is a magical potpourri of elegance, royalty, diversity and cultural traditions. The next main Holika Dahan event is on 20th March 2019. Make sure you are absolutely prepared to have the time of your life!