Rang Panchmi falls on the fifth day of the month of Phalgun and is considered to be an auspicious day among Hindu families. The entire city comes together with enthusiasm and zest to make each Holi memorable. This festival is the extension of the vibrant Holi which keeps the spirit of people alive. Places like Mathura, Vrindavan, Jaipur, and few areas of Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra celebrate Rang Panchami in unique ways and with great enthusiasm.
Rang Panchami is essentially a rural festival. Special significance is given to the festival by the farming and fishing community. In Maharashtra the fisher folks celebrate it in on a large scale and revel in the festivities by singing, dancing and merry-making.
The main attraction of this festival in Indore is faag yatras carried out from the Bada Ganpati area of the city, all the way to Rajwada. People sing and dance, and play with gulal and join the procession. This year four ‘Gairs’ and three ‘Faag yatras’ will be taken out in grand manner amidst shower of gulal and other ‘dry’ colors. Dholaks, DJs and other musical instruments will add colour to the festivity. All traditions and rituals would be observed during the day.
In Rajasthan, Rangpanchami preparations are mainly seen in the temples of Jaisalmer. Folk dances are enjoyed by the local people. The festival is enjoyed with different hues of enthusiasm portrayed through their traditions, customs, food, attire and fun filled activities.
This year Rang panchami is on 28th march, 2016 as per the English calendar and people are all set to spread the message of love, harmony and brotherhood through this festival.