In the Sanatan tradition, the festival of Holi is celebrated on the next day of Holika Dahan, but in Brij, Holi begins only a week before. It starts in Brij with Laddu Holi on the Ashtami date of Shukla Paksha of Falgun month. Lattamar Holi is played on its next day i.e. on the Navami date of Shukla Paksha of Falgun month. Hurrayare Lattaamars of Nandgaon come to the hurrayaries of Barsana to play Holi. The Lattamar Holi Pur of Barsana is popular in the world. Let us know when and how Lattamar Holi started?
According to mythological and folk beliefs, Lord Krishna used to go to Barsana with his friend troupe to play Holi. During this, he used to laugh at Radha and his friends, while Radha and her daughters used to show love sticks on Nandlal and his team (Huriaare). From that time onwards, the tradition of Lattamar Holi started in Barsana and every year Nandgaon started being invited from Barsana for Holi. This tradition continues even today.
Even today, after receiving the invitation of Holi from Barsana, the Hurrayers of Nandgaon start preparing for Lattamar Holi on the next day, on the morning of Falgun Shukla Navami. They reach Barsana in baskets carrying colors, gulal and shield. A group of hurrayars stand in their reception in Barsane. The hurrayers of Nandgaon tease the hurrayars of Barsana and then they rant at them. The Huraire protect themselves from the shield. Lattamar Holi is filled with love, which is also a symbol of Radha and Krishna’s love.
On the day of Lattamar Holi, there are also song and music competitions between the Huraiyars and the Huraiyars. Huraiyar responds to the lyrics of Huraiyar with their songs. Apart from this tradition being unique, it also symbolizes the vitality of the Sanatan culture.