No country in the world is as culturally vibrant as India. When we talk about fun and frolic festivals, Holi comes first. Now the festival of colours is here. If you want to enjoy Holi in a unique way, just visit to Barsana village in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. Here you will find really an exclusive way of celebration of the festival which is popularly known as ‘Lathmar Holi’ which is celebrated with a lot of fun and fervour.

On this occasion, thousands of people visit to the village every year to enjoy the mood of the festival where women beat men with logs. It is believed that this naughty tradition of celebrating the festival of colours is being practiced since the time of lord Krishna.

Men from neighbouring towns and villages come to Barsana and when they come across the local women, they begin to sing provocative songs to draw their attention. Getting irritated at this, the women get offensive and use long staves to beat the men. The men use shields to protect themselves.

Men and women also shower colours on each other during a colourful procession in the streets of the village which is followed by the lighthearted clash.

 "All the boys from Nandgaon who ply the friends of Lord Krishna, go to Barsana to play Holi with the friends of Radha. First they go to the temple to play Holi with colours and flowers and then all the friends of Radha congregate in Rangeeli Gali and then boys from Nandgaon and women from Barsana play Holi with love in street. We find it a way of celebration which spreads happiness," said Murari Lal Goswami, a resident of Nandgaon village.

As the legend goes, lord Krishna visited his beloved Radha's village on this day and playfully teased Radha and her friends.

People visit the village from across the country to enjoy this version of Holi with great enthusiasm.

"This is the most unique version of celebration of this festival which is unmatched to any festival. When boys from Nandgaon arrive in Barsana and are beaten up by the women of Barsana with logs, it reminds us of the 'Dwapara Yuga' of Lord Krishna, when he used to play Holi here," said Brij Ratna, a devotee from Madhya Pradesh.

Holi is celebrated for 45 days in the villages of Mathura District, as the entire area has strong devotion for Lord Krishna. The celebrations are considered incomplete without the 'Lathmar' event.

Interestingly, Barsana is distinct in a way that it has the only temple dedicated to Radha, the beloved of lord Krishana.

This year, Holi would be celebrated on March 8.