Date(s) - 21/03/2020
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Holi, the festival of colors is celebrated on the day after full moon day in the month of Phalgun (February – March).
It is a two day festival.
The festival is also know by other names like Dhuleti, Dhulivandan and Rang Panchami.
The first day of the festival is the Holika Dahan or lighting of bonfire which will be celebrated on 1st March followed by Dhuleti day when people play with Holi colors.
On this day, all family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all family member.
Dhuleti is a day dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is said that Krishna in his childhood and teenage played Holi with his Gopas and Gopis. Special Puja and celebrations are held in Krishna temples specially Vrindavan’s Iskcon temple.
This day is celebrated as Vasanatotsav in some North Indian Krishna Temples.
In North India a 8 day Holi festival named Holashtak is celebrated from Shukla Saptami or Ashtami in Falgun month to Falgun Purnima.
History of Holi
Holi was originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, but is now a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.
The story is that there was once a king who resented his son, Prince Prahlada, worshipping Lord Vishnu. He tries to murder the prince on several occasions but fails each time.
Finally, the king’s sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy inside a fire. However, the prince emerges unhurt, while his aunt burns in the fire and dies.
Holi remembers this event, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as a symbolic representation.
The festival is also associated with the eternal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura – the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation.
How is Holi celebrated?
Holi is marked by colourful parades accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of relaxed fun.
Nowadays Holi is an excuse for young Indians to shed their inhibitions and caste differences for a day of fun. Teenagers spend the day flirting and misbehaving in the streets, and everyone chases everyone else around, throwing brightly colored powder and water over each other.
The festival begins on the night of the full moon. Fires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, after whom the festival was named.
The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing.
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