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Holashtak 2025 dates

Holashtak is an inauspicious period of eight days before Holi festival for certain Hindu communities in North India. Holashtak 2025 dates are – Holashtak begins on March 7 and ends on March 13. 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.

What are avoided during Holashtak?

Marriage (विवाह )
Mundan (मुंडन )
House Warming (गृह प्रवेश )
Starting construction of new house (भवन का शिलान्यास )
New Business (नया बिज़नेस )
New Vehicle (नया वाहन )
Buying anything new (कोई नयी वास्तु खरीदना )

As per the Hindu Calender followed in North India, Holashtak begins on the Phalgun Shukla Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Falgun month) and ends on the Phalgun Purnima day (full moon day). The Purnima day is observed as Holika Dahan in many regions. For many communities, Holashtak starts with the decoration of the branch of a tree with colorful pieces of clothes. Everyone ties a piece and eventually this is buried underground.

Offer prayers to Bhagwan Vishnu during the period is considered highly meritorious.

Vishnu is offered fragrance, flowers, fruits and naivedya (bhog).

The Daan performed during the period helps in alleviating various troubles in life.