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Holi - A Festival of Colors

Holi - A Festival  of Colors

The Holi festival marks the win of good over evil,   It is  known as also known as "Festival of Colors" because Lord Krishna (a reincarnation of god Vishnu), who liked to play tricks with the village girls by wetting them in water and colors.  It comes in the month of March at the end of winter season.  The festival reminds the end of winter and the wealth of the upcoming harvest and spring  season.


Why is Holi celebrated?


There is a mythology story behind the Holi Festival.   Prahlada  (son of demon Hiranyakashipu) was great devotee of lord Vishnu but his father didn’t like this doing  of his son.  Despite warned by his father several times, Prahlada continued to worship Vishnu.  Holika sister of Hirranyakashipu was blessed in that she could not be hurt by fire. One day Hiranyakashipu decided to put his son on the lap of his sister Holika as she sits on a pyre. Prahlada prayed to lord Vishnu to keep him safe. Holika then burned on the pyre to death and  Prahlada is left unburned. This is known as Holika Dahan.


Holi Festival Dates in India - 2018, 2019 and 2020?


Holi comes on different date every year.  Mostly, It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the month of March.

Holi Festival date in 2018 -  It is on 2nd March.

Holi Festival date in 2019 -  It is on 21st March.

Holi Festival date in 2020 -  It is on 10th March.

Holi - A Festival  of Colors

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More About Holi Festival Celebration


On the Holi festival day , people spend their morning activity by throwing colored powder and water on each other with chant “Bura Na Mano Holi hai” so people don’t get angry with each other . These celebrations go on till afternoon.  There are no rituals that need to be performed.


Lathmar Holi celebration – It is celebrated days before the Holi Festival near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, The women of Barsana and Nandgaon villages beat up men with Lath (stick).  Lathmar Holi will take place on 24th February in 2018 in Barsana and on 25th February in Nandgaon.


Holi Celebration in Mathura and Vrindavan --  Celebrations start a week before the actual date of Holi Festival.  A Week-long Holi celebrations at Banke Bihari Temple (temple of lord Krishna) in Vrindavan commence around 4 p.m. on Aanola Ekadashi with the throwing of flowers (Phoolon Wali Holi), The festivities at Vrindavan goes till the day before Holi with the throwing of colors in the morning. Colorful Holi procession takes place at about 3 p.m. in Mathura. Plus, the throwing of colors the next day.


Top Places to Celebrate Holi


You will find celebrations taking place almost all over India.  In Northern India best place to celebrate Holi  is Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra.  In West Bengal and Odisha, this festival is celebrated as Dol Jatra.


Barsana , Uttar Pradesh – Lathmar Holi

Mathura and Vrindavan – Traditional Holi

Shantiniketan, West Bengal – Cultural Holi

Anandpur Sahib, Punjab – Warrior Holi or Hola Mohalla

Udaipur, Rajasthan – Royal Holi

Jaipur, Rajasthan – Holi and  Elephants

Mumbai and other parts of India – Community Holi


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