Doljatra, also known as Dolotsav, is the Holi festival in Bengal and eastern parts of
India and is of great significance at Shantiniketan in West Bengal. Doljatra 2013 date is March 27. It is celebrated on the Poornima day (full moon day) in the Bengali month of Phalgun. The festival is also known as Vasant utsav or Basantutsav as it is observed during the spring season.
It is widely believed in eastern
that Lord Krishna expressed his love to Radha on the Doljatra day. India
The festival is celebrated with colors and the festival begins by paying respect to the dead parents, relatives and ancestors. People put small amount of colored powder (phaag) on the pictures of photos of the dead.
Next they take the blessing of elders by offering some color on the feet. Elders bless youngsters by putting some color on the forehead.
The subdued celebration of Doljatra ends after taking the blessing of elders and then people venture into the streets and throws colors on everyone on the street.
All people, irrespective of age and social status participate in the festival. Songs on the immortal love of
Krishna and Radha are sung on the occasion. Other songs include those on nature’s splendor.