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Phagwah 2018 Festival Date

Phagwah is one of the names used to describe the Holi Festival. Phagwah 2018 date is March 2. The term Phagwah is today more popularly used by Hindus in Trinidad, Guyana and Suriname. Indo-Caribbean immigrants from Guyana and Trinidad also organize Phagwah Parade during the Holi festival period in New York (Richmond Hills, Queens).

The term Phagwah is derived from the Phalgun or Falguna month (February – March) – the last month in traditional North Indian and other regional calendars. Holi festival is observed on the full moon day in Phalgun month.

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Arundhati Vrata

Arundhati Vrata is a ritual observed by certain communities during the first three days of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Chaitra month. Arundhati Vrata 2018 dates are from March 18 to March 20. Arundhati was the wife of Maharishi Vashishta and daughter of Prajapati Kardam and the Vrata is dedicated to her. It is observed by women for peace, prosperity and happy and long married life.

On Chaitra Pratipada or the first day during the waxing phase of moon, the woman who has decided to observe the Vrata take bath and prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Arundhati. They take a decision to observe the Vrata.

On the second day, a kalash (water filled pot) is worshipped along with durva grass, and images of Arundhati Devi and Vasishta.

On the final day special prayers are offered to Ganesh, Shiva and Parvati. The day is observed as Gauri Tritiya in some regions. Giving food to the poor and helping the poor on the day brings prosperity and peace.