About the Festival
Holi is a popular festival in Odisha, where Lord Krishna sits on a palanquin and visits every household in the locality and is greeted with glee, colours and happiness by his devotees.
Dol Purnima is also the birth anniversary of great Vaishanava Saint Chaintanya Mahaprabhu, during his stay in Odisha, he might have propagated the festival of Holi and popularised it.
The festivities begin on Phagu Dasami, the rituals culminate on the day of Holi, which is also observed as Dol Purnima.
Lord Jagannath adorns the chacheri besa during the Holi festivities. During these five days, starting from the Phagu Dasami to Dol Purnima (Holi), devotees throws Gulal on to Lord Jagannath. The victory of Lord Vishnu on mythological devil Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika is also observed at the Jagannath temple in Puri. The last day is kept aside to observe the ritual of Holika daahan in the Jagannath temple premises
In Cuttack the processions of Palanquins get together for a meeting (Milana in Odia) or a at the Chandni Chowk Milana Ground which is accompanied by devotional music till morning
People revel in Holi , colours are splashed on one another and sweets exchanged. The festival brings about a happy atmosphere.