Why Kumaonis celebrate Holi in winter

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Baithaki Holi in Kumaon is a festival of rhythm and melody.

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Even before Christmas festivities take over the town, Holi celebrations begin every year in one of the most picturesque regions of India - the Kumaon Himalayas.

At the height of winter, on the first Sunday of the month of Pausha in Hindi calendar, begins the traditional “Baithaki Holi” of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand - a festival with its musical “mehfils” that brighten up the winter evenings in the hills every year. This year, the first Sunday of Pausha falls on December 10.

Although Holi celebrations of Mathura and Vrindavan are quite famous, the festivities in Kumaon, not so widely known, are very different from how people welcome the festival of colours anywhere else in the country.

Holi in Kumaon is a festival of rhythm and melody. Folk songs, of course, form a part of Holi celebrations elsewhere, but compositions based on ragas of Hindustani classical music make the Kumaoni Holi so different and fascinating.

The “baithhaks” begin in households across the region with various ragas being sung. Most of these baithaks are attended by the menfolk.

“Mahila Holi” begins after the festival of Basant as women visit their friends and sing and dance to the accompaniment of folk music instruments like the “dhol” and “manjira”.
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Here is a link to the news feature regarding origin etc. of Kumaoni Holi Baithki in Hindi- https://www.jagran.com/uttarakhand/a...-17207477.html
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Baithiki starts with breaking of a Gur bheli - here is the link to the news feature in Hindi - https://www.amarujala.com/uttarakhan...64-almora-news

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