Lathmar Holi is another form of holi which is majorly played in Barsana and Nandgaon. This Lathmar Holi will be celebrated today and tomorrow in Barsana and 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 not only a festival of sticks but also of colors. Every part of India don’t face holi of sticks, it is just some part of Uttar Pradesh that plays lathmar holi. In this type of Holi, women chase men and beat them up with sticks. This is only celebrated in two towns.
The historical significance of this festival is that the Lord Krishna was the native of Nandgaon and he visits to meet Radha, she belonged to Barsana. There Krishna teased Radha and in response to him from her friends they made him left the town by beating up with sticks. Now every year people of Barsana and Nandgaon unite and play holi by using sticks and colors. This is usually celebrated mainly 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 festival is celebrated a week before the actual holi of colors. This usually takes in the compound of the temple of Radha Rani in Barsana. The distance between the Barsana and Mathura is 50 km. 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.