Dola Yatra is a swinging festival, which is celebrated in Bengal and it begins on the fourteenth day of the light half.
Dola Yatra is a swinging festival, which is celebrated in Bengal. It starts on the fourteenth day of the light half of Phalguna (about the middle of March). During the Dola yatra, the head of the family fasts during that day. In the evening fire worship is performed after which the officiating Brahman sprinkles a little red powder upon an image of Krishna. The Brahman then distributes a quantity of the same among the persons present.
Thereafter, to continue with the festival of Dola Yatra, a bonfire is made on a spot previously prepared. Then, an effigy, termed Holika, made of bamboo laths and straw is formally carried to it and committed to the flames. In many cases musicians and singers are also called in to perform. The day is then spent in joy and feasting with many of the sports practised during the Holi.
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