Dhulandi is the second day of Holi celebrations and people play with Holi colors on the festival day. Dhulandi 2016 date is March 23 and March 24. It is marked on March 24 in western parts of India. The first day evening of Holi celebrations is dedicated to the burning of huge bonfires at night, which symbolizes the death of Demon Holika, and is known as Holika Dahan. The next day on Holi Dhulandi, people throw colored powder and colored water on each other.
There are numerous legends for celebrating Dhulandi, the most popular belief is that people celebrate the victory of good over evil on the day. Another popular belief is that the celebrations herald the arrival of spring season by taking inspiration from the myriads of colors in nature’s bounty.
It is also believed that the season in which Dhulandi is celebrated sees numerous weather changes and this result in skin diseases and other viral attacks. So the playing of Dhulandi using Natural colors extracted from medicinal herbs was a method used by ancient Indians to fight the common diseases occurring during the season. They used to make Dhulandi Holi colors from Neem, Kum Kum, Haldi, Bilva and other medicinal herbs.
Another major highlight of Dhulandi is the drinking of a special drink called thandai, which is consumed along with bhang.
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