Holi & Holika Dahan ~~ 1st March 2018 (Thursday)
Holika Dahan Muhurta ~~ 18:26 – 20:55
Duration ~~ 2 hours 29 minutes
Bhadra Punchha ~~ 15:54 – 16:58
Bhadra Mukha ~~ 16:58 – 18:45
Rangwali Holi ~~ 2nd March 2018 (Tuesday)
Purnima Tithi Begins ~~ 08:57 on 1st March 2018
Purnima Tithi Ends ~~ 06:21 on 2nd March 2018
Holi is referred to as the ‘Festival of colors’. It is celebrated by Hindus all over the world in the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar that falls between the months of February and March. After Diwali, it is considered to be the second biggest festival in Hindu calendar.
Holika Dahan is also known as Chhoti Holi. On the eve of Badi Rangwali Holi, bonfires are lit signifying the burning of the demoness, Holika, who was destroyed by Lord Vishnu when she tried to kill his ardent devotee Prahlada. Holika puja is done before Holika Dahan to ward off all sorts of fear.
Holika Dahan is done during Pradosh Kaal when Purnima Tithi prevails and Bhadra gets over. Pradosh Kaal starts after sunset and all good work are avoided during Bhadra. Holika Dahan should never be done during Bhadra Mukha.
On the day of Badi Rangwali Holi (Dulhendi) festival, people, irrespective of religion, caste or creed, make merry by smearing colored powder (gulaal) and water on each other in the way Lord Krishna is believed to have played with his lady love, Radha, and the ‘gopis’ (cowgirls). A special drink called ‘thandai’ is prepared with milk and had in many households on this day. People enjoy this festival with music, dance, ‘kaanji’ and special sweets known as ‘gunjiya’ prepared at home. It is advised to play with herbal colors.
Wish all of you a very Happy, Safe and Colorful Holika!