Braj Holi Festival 2024: Mathura, Vrindavan, and Barsana

In the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture, few festivals are as widely celebrated and deeply cherished as Holi.  Braj Holi Festival.  In the Braj region of Uttar Pradesh, encompassing Mathura, Vrindavan, and Barsana,

Braj Holi Festival takes on a special significance, intertwined with the legends of Lord Krishna and Radha. The Holi celebrations here are not merely events; they are grand spectacles, drawing visitors from around the globe to witness the fervor and joy that permeate the air.

Braj Holi Mahotsav

Braj Holi Mahotsav extend over a period of 40 days, each day marked by unique rituals and traditions. As we delve into the Holi 2024 schedule, we uncover a kaleidoscope of colors, rituals, and cultural fervor that make this festival truly unforgettable.

Phag Invitational Festival and Laddu Holi at Radha Rani Temple, Barsana (17 March 2024):

The celebrations kick off with the Phag Invitational Festival, a joyous occasion where locals and visitors come together to usher in the spirit of Holi. At the Radha Rani Temple in Barsana, the air is filled with laughter and the aroma of sweet treats as Laddu Holi ensues, marking the beginning of the festivities.

Lathmar Holi at Radha Rani Temple, Barsana (18 March 2024):

The renowned Lathmar Holi, a spectacle known far and wide, unfolds in the courtyards of the Radha Rani Temple. Here, men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Lord Krishna, playfully fend off the women of Barsana with sticks, reenacting the divine love between Radha and Krishna.

Lathmar Holi at Nandgaon (19 March 2024):

The colorful revelry continues as the residents of Nandgaon partake in their own rendition of Lathmar Holi, adding their unique flair to the festivities.

Phoolwali Holi at Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan, and Program at Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple (20 March 2024):

Vrindavan comes alive with the Phoolwali Holi at the Banke Bihari Temple, where devotees shower each other with fragrant flower petals, symbolizing love and devotion. Meanwhile, at the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, a program unfolds, celebrating the birthplace of Lord Krishna amidst joyous chants and music.

Stick Mar Holi at Gokul (21 March 2024):

In the quaint town of Gokul, Stick Mar Holi adds its own charm to the festivities as locals and visitors engage in playful exchanges, wielding sticks adorned with colors.

Widow’s Holi at Radha Gopinath Temple, Vrindavan (23 March 2024):

A poignant yet empowering tradition, Widow’s Holi at the Radha Gopinath Temple honors the resilience and spirit of widowed women, providing them with a space to celebrate and find solace amidst the colors of Holi.

Holika Dahan and Holi of flowers at Banke Bihari Temple (24 March 2024):

As the sun sets on the eve of Holi, the sacred bonfires of Holika Dahan illuminate the night sky, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. At the Banke Bihari Temple, the Holi of flowers ensues, a gentle yet joyous precursor to the main festivities.

Main Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan (25 March 2024):

The much-awaited day arrives, painting Mathura and Vrindavan in a riot of colors as locals and visitors alike come together to revel in the spirit of unity, love, and joy.

Huranga Holi in Baldev at Dauji Temple (26 March 2024):

The grand finale unfolds at the Dauji Temple in Baldev, where the Huranga Holi adds a final flourish to the celebrations, inviting participants to immerse themselves in the exuberant spirit of Holi one last time.


As we bid farewell to Braj Holi Festival, we carry with us the memories of laughter, camaraderie, and boundless joy that define this extraordinary festival. May the colors of Holi continue to unite hearts and inspire spirits for years to come.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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