Holi, the Hindu spring festival, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (February – March). In 2016, Holi date is March 23 and March 24 (play with colors). Holika Dahan, also known as Chotti Holi, date in 2016 is March 22. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is the throwing of colored water and colored powder on one another. Holi festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna and it said that in his childhood and teenage,
Krishna played Holi with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.
In western parts of India, Holika Dahan is marked on March 23 and Dulivandan or play with colors on March 24.
Holi celebrations begin on Rang Pashi, three days earlier to Holika Dahan. All family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all by the eldest family member. Women wear their special Holi dandia saris on the day.
Bonfires are lit on the Holika Dahan day. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when Demon Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.
The next day is Holi festival or Dhulendi. People visit the homes of friends and relatives and play Holi with colors.
An important that is celebrated in
North India after the Holi festival day is Bhai Dhooj.
Dolyatra is held in
Bengal on the day of Holi. And on the same day Dola Purnima is observed in Orissa.
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