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Holi March 2013 date – Holi Festival in India

Holi, the colorful Hindu spring festival in India, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (February – March). Holi 2013 date is March 27 – Dhulendi or Dhulandi. Holika Dahan, also known as Chotti Holi, date in 2013 is March 26. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is playing with colours – 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 the festival with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

At Vrindavan, Mathura and other places associated with Lord Krishna, the Holi festival begins a fortnight early and continues till the actual Holi day and includes numerous rituals and games. The most popular being the Lathmar Holi and Ladoo Holi.

Traditional Holi celebrations in North India 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.

Holika Dahan – Bonfire during Holi
The second most important day during Holi festival is the Holika Dahan day, when bonfires are lit. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that child Prahlad had when Demon Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of  Hindu God Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable and unfathomable devotion.

Dhulendi or Dhuleti
The next day is the popular 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, especially in Madhya Pradesh.

Dolyatra is held in Bengal on the day of Holi. And on the same day Dola Purnima is observed in Orissa.

In Tamil Nadu, Holi is observed as Kaman Pandigai.
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