Kanpurites all set for week-long Holi

KANPUR HAS geared up for the festival of colours. Holi is very special for Kanpurites as the people don?t restrict this festival for a day or two, they celebrate it for a whole week. Most significant aspect of the celebration is that it varies from place to place in the city. Although expressions are different, the essence remains same. They are certainly not the exceptions of the adage, ?Kose kose per badley pani char kos per bani?.

india Updated: Mar 15, 2006 00:21 IST

KANPUR HAS geared up for the festival of colours. Holi is very special for Kanpurites as the people don’t restrict this festival for a day or two, they celebrate it for a whole week. Most significant aspect of the celebration is that it varies from place to place in the city. Although expressions are different, the essence remains same. They are certainly not the exceptions of the adage, “Kose kose per badley pani char kos per bani”.

Dr DK Sabbarwal, a resident of Swaroop Nagar, says the Holi of Swaroop Nagar is quite special and it is also celebrated in a special manner as most of the activities, contrary to the rest of the city, are concluded within a day. Claiming to have been living in the locality for over five decades, he points out that here nobody is forced to play colours. And till now, the tradition is still in practice.

In fact, the residents follow this strict discipline. They gather at the Brijendra Swaroop Park in the evening and exchange greetings with one another.

Residents of Nawab Ganj, just at a stone’s throw distance from Swaroop Nagar, don’t lag behind in this regard and they colour themselves more passionately.

They splinter colour in processions while dancing on the beats of ‘Bhangra.’ But, they celebrate the festival in the same mood for a whole week.

The zeal of people in Kalyanpur comes out through colours. People go to their friends and relatives and enjoy ‘Gujhia’ at their homes. Robin Singh, a college student says, “I have been collecting colours for the last fortnight. I will leave no stone unturned to colour my friends and relatives.”

Holi in Kidwai Nagar is celebrated in a grand way. People gather at Kidwai Park and meet all and sundry forgetting the barriers. Hardly any passer-by is left to go without being coloured at the major crossroads of the locality.

Holi of Hatia near Nayaganj is famous. While people play colours, there are many who just come here to watch the play of colours.

A truck loaded with coloured water moves the area spreading colour everywhere. This is followed by a procession.

Besides, ‘toleys’ of people in Nayaganj is another delight to watch. But, the unique celebrations are held on the occasion of the ‘Ganga mela’. This is celebrated to mark the end of Holi festivity. It is held only in Kanpur. Songs of ‘Phaag’ are in the atmosphere and taste of ‘Gujhia’ dissolves the melody of the festival.

As Anil Sharma of Civil Lines says: Kanpurites play with colours more on the occasion of Ganga Mela, a tradition followed for years than on Holi day itself.

Beware, if you are planning to come for Holi Milan on the day of Ganga Mela.

First Published: Mar 15, 2006 00:21 IST