Dol Jatra, Dol Purnima or Deul is huge in Bengal, especially among the devotees of Krishna.
It goes without saying that Holi is one of the biggest Indian festivals. Now in the movies and pop culture, you see people, smeared in Gulal, chasing each other with buckets full of water. The fun, frolic and dancing is indeed a big part of the festival, but since the festival is so big across the subcontinent, several regions have given it their own spin. In the twin towns of Barsana and Nandagoaon, Holi celebrations start with the worship of Lord Krishna, and then a peculiar tradition of ‘Lathmar’ Holi takes place. Here women chase men with a staff or a stick, the ritual is said to be tied with the banter of Radha and Krishna. When young Krishna, a resident of Nandgaon, wanted to spray colours on Radha, his beloved, a resident of Barsana, he and his friends were playfully greeted by sticks by Radha and her friends. The ‘Lathmar’ Holi is a symbolic recreation of the same.
Bengal also has a few peculiar traditions associated with the festival. Dol Jatra, Dol Purnima or Deul is huge in Bengal, especially among the devotees of Krishna. An idol of Krishna and Radha are adorned in colourful clothes and smeared in gulaal or ‘abeer’. Further, the idol is taken out in a procession, the palanquin in which the idol is kept is also decked up with flowers, leaves and all things colourful. The procession is accompanied by music, dance, sound of conch shells and chanting. Drinks made of curd and butter are distributed, people colour each other with abir and play around swings in open courtyards.
The festival of Holi also coincides with the birthday of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1485–1533), the spiritual leader led the Vaishnava movement in Bengal, and devoted his life in worship of Radha and Krishna. The festival of Dol starts three days before the actual Dol Yatra, with Kirtan and bonfire, around which the idol of Krishna is carried several times.
Bengali Dol Yatra or Holi is incomplete without festive delicacies. And when it is festival time, it is 'Sandesh time' in every Bengali household. On occasion of Holi, Chef Ranveer Brar shares his Dui-coloured Sandesh or two-coloured Sandesh. The Sandesh also comes with a layer of chocolate, which makes it all the more irresistible.
Dui Colored Sandesh For Holi 2022
For Chocolate Layer
70 grams HERSHEY'S SPREADS Cocoa
100 grams HERSHEY'S COCOA Natural Unsweetened
For Coconut Layer