Holika Dahan - 12th, March
|Year||Holi Date||Holika Dahan|
|2016||March 24||March 23|
|2017||March 13||March 12|
|2018||March 2||March 1|
Holi is the first major Hindu festival of India. Generally it is celebrated on the last full moon day in early March every year. On 2017, Holi falls on Monday, March 13. Aptly called the festival of colors, earlier it was celebrated for fertility of the land and good harvest. The main day of Holi is also known by several other names such as Dhulendi, Dhulandi or Dhulheti.
Please find below the main dates of Holi Celebrations. This day is celebrated with colors. Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi is celebrated a day earlier. On the day of Holika Dahan people burn logs of wood to symbolize victory of good over evil and observe Holi Pooja.
Burning bonfires the day before which is also known as Holika Dahan is another tradition associated with the Holi celebrations.The bonfires are ignited in memory of the astonishing escape of Prahlad, a Vaishnava devotee when Holika the demoness threw him into the fire.
The bonfires are lit as a symbolic eradication of the demoness Holika. Like every other year Holi 2017 is the time for everybody to join in the celebrations irrespective of their caste, religion, color, language and creed. On the day of Holi, the streets are filled up with people splashed in various colors, it is almost impossible to distinguish who is who. People move from house to house smearing people with the colors, eating sweets, drinking thandai laced with a slight amount of intoxicant known as Bhang. By noon, the coloring aspect of Holi comes to an end, most people head towards their homes while some prefer to go to ponds and indulge in some more fun with all those who have come to wash off the colors.