Rajasthan celebrates ‘Dolchi Holi’

Bikaner, Mar. 15: Rajasthan celebrated the ‘Dolchi Holi’, a unique way of celebrating the festival of colours on Saturday during which participants get drenched in water using age old traditional of water cans.

Holi played at Bikaner is unique as colours are not used during festivities. Confined to two castes, the event is marked by the participation of men only while women and children watch over from their houses.

People also sing traditional songs and folklore after playing with water.

Participants said that it was a 500 years old tradition and was practiced without fail to keep up the cultural ethos.

“This is a 500 years old tradition. In Bikaner people belonging to Harsh and Vyas tribe play Holi by using Dolchi. The pressure of water is similar to that of water cannon”, said Shiv Kumar, an enthusiastic participant.

Legend has it that around 400 years ago two native castes of Bikaner- the Vyas and the Harsh’s had a dispute over the issue of food. Their successors decided to bury the hatchet and started this unique ‘Dolchi Holi’ as a means of reconciliation.

The festivities commence with the men folk of both the castes splashing water over each other by the aid of a special ‘Dolchi’ or a container made of leather. (ANI)