Holi Celebrations in Mathura 2024 – Your Guide To A Colorful Experience

by Vinodkumar Sankranthi
Holi celebrations in Mathura

Gujiya, Thandai, gulaal, and water balloons, every one together with speakers on full volume, that’s HOLI! Aren’t you already humming Rang Barse Bheege Chunar Wali? Well if, like all of us, you also think your hometown has the best Holi celebrations, pause – because you’re yet to witness the most mesmerizing Holi celebration in the historic Indian city of Mathura.

Take a virtual ride with me and keep your wallets handy ‘coz you’ll instantly want to be a part of the biggest extravaganza ever! Don’t worry, it won’t cost you a lot. Using GrabOn’s offers on Holi, you’ll be able to save a lot of time on your trip to Mathura.

Holi Festival Celebrations 2024

Holika Dahan – March 24, Sunday
Holi – March 25, Monday

What is the Big Buzz About Mathura Holi Celebrations?

Mathura Holi is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for devotees. Krishna and Radha’s love story began in the Mathura outskirts and evolved from there. Krishna, according to legend, was envious of her fairness and often whined to his mother about his dusky look. He used to toss colours at Radha and paint her face to balance the skin tones. Just like any other Radha-Krishna Leela, it became a tradition, and it has only grown to be a more vibrant and chaotic Holi. In addition to that, Mathura ki Holi celebrations begin a week in advance and last till the last day of the festivities. Hence, it is also known as the best Holi place to visit in India once in a lifetime.

A Complete List of Holi Celebrations in Mathura 2024

Date Occasion Place
17th March 2024 Phag Invitational Festival and Laddu Holi Radha Rani Temple, which is also known as (Ladliji and Shriji Temple) (Barsana)
18th March 2024 Lathmar Holi Radha Rani Temple (Barsana)
19th March 2024 Lathmar Holi Nanda Bhawan (Nandgaon)
20th March 2024 Phoolon Wali Holi Banke Bihari Temple (Vrindavan)
21st March 2024 Chhadi Mar Holi Gokul (Mathura)
23rd March 2024 Widow’s Holi Gopinath Temple (Vrindavan)
24th March 2024 Holika Dahan Dwarkadhish temple, Mathura Vishram Ghat, and Banke Bihari Temple
25th March 2024 Main Holi All over India
26th March 2024 Huranga Holi Dauji Temple (Baldeo)

Holi Celebration in Mathura – Braj Ki Holi

Known for its unconventional celebrations, Holi in Mathura attracts thousands of tourists across the globe to witness the grandeur of Holi celebrations. Braj ki Holi isn’t just the most fun festival but also offers an experience of a lifetime. A festival that celebrates love, unity, and the triumph of good over evil and paints the world with happy colours, Holi is everyone’s favourite. But Braj ki Holi is a little different than your regular Holi. It’s weird, fun-filled, and significant at the same time.

Lathmar Holi in Barsana and Nandgaon – A Fun Game of Sticks and Shields!

Lathmar Holi in Mathura

Legend has it that the eternal love story of Radha and Krishna started in Braj. Krishna and his friends travelled from Nandgaon to Barsana, Radha’s village, to paint her and her girl gang with colours because Radha was fair and Krishna was dusky. Radha, along with the girls chased Krishna and his gang with sticks (imagining the situations? :P). To date, men from Nandgaon visit Barsana to play Holi with the ladies and the ladies hit them with sticks. Don’t freak out, It’s all fun and safe!

Since Krishna and Radha couldn’t marry, the guys and girls of Nandgaon and Barsana don’t marry each other. The relationship between the two villages is limited to a playful Holi celebration, and healthy flirting only.

How to reach Barsana and Nandgaon?
If you are travelling from Delhi, you can take a bus, cab, or train to Mathura and from there, you can take a cab to Barsana.

When is Lathmar Holi celebrated?
This festival is usually celebrated 7 days actual Holi celebrations. Confirm the date with a local person and then, plan your trip.

Phoolon ki Holi in Vrindavan – A Flower Shower

Holi celebration in Mathura

A beautiful event that takes place inside the temple premises, Vrindavan’s Phoolon ki Holi is extremely famous in India and abroad. Played on the Ekadashi before Holi, people ditch colours and water to play Holi with flowers. The priests at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan throw flowers at people as soon as the temple gates are opened. Be there to witness this beautiful event that takes place only for 15-20 minutes each year.

How to reach Vrindavan?
Vrindavan is well-connected by road and by rail from Delhi, Agra, Haridwar, and Mathura. You can take any public transport or hire a cab.

Where is Phoolon ki Holi Celebrated?
Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan

Chhadi Mar Holi – A Simpler Version of Lathmar Holi

Chhadi Mar HoliChhadi Mar Holi typically occurs in the month of Phalgun, as per the Hindu calendar, which usually falls in February or March. In Chhadi Mar Holi, women playfully chase men to smear them with colourful powders, creating a lively and joyous atmosphere filled with music, dance, and laughter. Unlike the more intense Lathmar Holi, where women playfully hit men with sticks, Chhadi Mar Holi emphasizes the gentle application of colours, fostering a sense of inclusivity among participants. Witnessing and participating in Chhadi Mar Holi offers a unique cultural experience, allowing one to immerse themselves in the joyous atmosphere and vibrant colours of this traditional festival.

Where is Chhadi Mar Holi Celebrated?
Chhadi Mar Holi is celebrated primarily in the town of Gokul, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Widow’s Holi in Vrindavan – A Beautiful Change

Mathura Holi Celebrations

Sure you haven’t heard about this one, ever. We all are aware of the cruel traditions that widows in India have to adopt. The widowed women aren’t allowed to play with colours or even wear anything colourful. A lot of times, they were also sent to widow houses in Vrindavan and Varanasi shed worldly dreams and embrace spirituality. But recently, the widows of Pagal Baba Vidhwa Ashram in Vrindavan broke all norms and split colours on each other on Holi. Since then, the Vidhwa Ashram widows have been playing Holi every year to add some happiness to in their otherwise regular lives.

Do not forget to stop by and celebrate the festival with these beautiful souls. Spreading love and happiness only increases it multiple times.

When is Widow’s Holi celebrated?
Check with a local guide before going. The dates vary every year.

Where do Widows celebrate Holi in Vrindavan?
Gopinath Temple, Vrindavan

Holi at Banke Bihari – Celebrate with the Lord!

Holi Celebration in Mathura
Head to Banke Bihari Temple just a day before Holi. A largely male gathering is present, the priest spills colours and holy water on the crowd. During this celebration, people enjoy the festival of colours by chanting the praises of Krishna in unison. This is one of the most surreal experiences to witness when people sing, dance, and be with the Lord on the festival of love.

The celebration here mostly ends by 1 PM. After that, head straight to Mathura to be a part of the Holi procession. Trust me, you’ll enjoy every bit of it. Vehicles decorated with flowers, people splashing colours on each other, and people dancing on the roads. It’s a moment to live. The procession then gathers to burn an effigy and celebrate Holika Dahan.

How to reach Mathura?
From Vrindavan, Mathura is just a 20-mins drive. Take any local transport and reach Mathura for the celebrations.

Holi at Dwarkadhish – Colours, Dhols, and Dance

Braj ki Holi

The biggest Holi festivities are witnessed at Dwarkadhish Temple in Mathura. Early in the morning, the priests make Bhang and by 10 AM, the celebration starts. You will find the road outside the temple jammed with people, laughing, celebrating, and splashing colours on each other. Inside the temple premises, women play Holi in full swing.

Do not refrain from moving your body with people dancing to the tunes of Dhol played by the priests. But do not encourage rowdy behaviour just because of “Bura na mano, Holi hai”. Be safe and be aware of people who tend to get a little rowdy.

Where to go for Celebrations?
Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura

When is Holi celebrated in Dwarkadhish?
In the morning, on the day of Holi

Huranga Holi – An End to the Festivities With Dance and Music

Dauji Temple, located about 30 km from Mathura is the last stop for the celebrations. This unusual Holi celebration will leave you surprised. The day after Holi, men and women gather to end the festivities with dance and music. First, they sing traditional songs, seeking permission from the Lord to end the celebration. Later, the women of the village tear men’s clothes and beat them with their clothes. With this, the people of Balgaon declare the festival over.

Where is the Dauji Temple?
20.7 (36 minutes using a car) kilometres from Mathura Dauji, the temple is in a village called Baldeo.

How to reach Baldeo?
Located 30 km away from Mathura, you can reach Baldeo on public transport from Mathura.

Holika Dahan
Holika Dahan festival is celebrated by burning Holika (demoness). Hindus also believe that Holi is celebrated with the victory of good over evil. During the festival, people gather wood for the bonfire. In the evening, stay at Holi Gate to witness Holi Ka Dahan and enjoy the cultural

Having mentioned the major details, you are all set to visit Mathura this Holi. Pack your bags with bright clothes and charge your camera’s battery because it’s going to be a great experience. But while you are in Mathura, stay safe during this highly energetic festival. Here’s a guide to how to play Holi in a safe way.

When Is Holi 2024?

This year Holi falls on the 25th of March, Monday, 2024. Since Holi ka Dahan in 2024 is on Sunday, You can go on a weekend getaway with your loved ones. You can certainly visit the best places in Mathura during Holi if you’ve not been there so far.

If there’s anything I missed, let me know in the comments section. Also, do not forget to share your experience here. I’ll be waiting! :)

Happy Holi to all you guys out there. Play hard but stay safe!


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