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Holi 2019 – Festival of Colours – Holi Festival Date in 2019

Holi, the Hindu spring festival, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalguna or Falguna (February – March). In 2019, Holi date is March 21 (play with colors). Holika Dahan, also known as Choti Holi, date in 2019 is March 20. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is the 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 Holi with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

Holi Facts

Holi Festival is also known as Phalguni as it is observed on the Phalgun Purnima day.
Holi festival is observed during the Spring season (Vasant) which is known as the king of all seasons in Hindu religion.
Krishna has said it the Bhagavad Gita that among the seasons he is Vasant. (अहम् ऋतूनां कुसुमाकर:।’’ ऋतुओं में बसंत मैं हूं। )
All important poets of ancient India have written Holi including Surdas who has dedicated 78 lines to Holi festival.
It is believed in Braj area that Sri Krishna played Holi with his friends and made the land fertile and holy.


 Holi Festival Date

Holi celebrations 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 dandiya saris on the day.

Bonfires are lit on the Holika Dahan day. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that young Prahlad had when Demon Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of Lord Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable devotion.

The next day is Holi festival or Dhulandi. 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 Dooj.

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

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