Holashtak is an inauspicious period of eight days before Holi festival for certain Hindu communities in North India. Holashtak 2017 dates are – Holashtak begins on March 5 and ends on March 12. It is considered inauspicious to perform auspicious ceremonies during the period like marriage, housewarming or any of the sanskars. People of certain community also avoid starting of new business etc. The day is considered ideal for performing Dhaan – alms giving.
Holashtak begins on the ashtami or the eighth of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in Hindu calendar followed in North India and ends on Phalgun Purnima or full moon day.