Lathmar Holi is just another form of holi which is majorly played in Barsana and Nandgaon. This Lathmar Holi will be celebrated on February 24 in Barsana and on February 25 in Nandgaon. While the festival of holi is just a week far, the people of Barsana and Nandgaon will be smearing themselves in the Lathmar holi. This is a festival of sticks and colors. Every part of India don’t face holi of sticks, it is just some part of Uttar Pradesh that plays such holi. In this type of Holi, women chase men and beat them up with sticks. This is only celebrated in two towns.
This festival has a historical significance that the Lord Krishna was the native of Nandgaon and he visits to Radha, she belonged to Barsana. There Krishna teased Radha and in response from her friends they made him left the town by the sticks. Now every year people of Barsana and Nandgaon unite and play holi by using sticks and colors. This is usually celebrated in the temple of Radha Rani in Barsana. The friends of Radha got offended and they thought of teaching Krishna a message for which they beat him with sticks.
This is celebrated seven days before the actual holi. This is a local celebration of the people of holi. This usually takes in the compound of the temple of Radha Rani in Barsana. The distance between the Barsana and Mathura is 50 km. This festival is usually a festival of colors and is celebrated with colors. The specific Lathmar holi is the only holi and only on this day the sticks are used to play holi. This will last for two days and it is usually celebrated one week before the normal holi. This holi is not only celebrated by the native people of Barsana and the Nandgaon, even many tourist also celebrates it.