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Gulaal Gota

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: IE

 Context: The Jaipur tradition of “Gulaal Gota” involves small lac balls filled with dry Gulaal (coloured powder) thrown during Holi celebrations.

 

About Gulaal Gota:

  • These balls are made by Muslim artisans known as Manihaars in Jaipur, with lac sourced from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
  • The tradition dates back around 400 years and is unique to Jaipur.
  • Originally, the Manihaars settled in Bagru, near Jaipur, and learned lac-making from Hindu lac makers.
  • The city’s founder, Sawai Jai Singh II, dedicated a lane to the Manihaar community, where they continue to sell lac bangles, jewellery, and Gulaal Gotas.

The artisans face challenges from cheaper, chemical-based bangles flooding the market.

Holi is a popular Hindu festival. It is also known as the “Festival of Colors” or the “Festival of Love.” Holi usually takes place in March, marking the arrival of spring and the end of winter.

The festival is celebrated over two days. The first day, known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi, involves lighting bonfires to signify the victory of good over evil.

The second day is called Rangwali Holi, during which people gather in public spaces and streets to play with colours.