About Holi – Dhuleti Colorful Spring Festival
Holi (Sanskrit: होली) is a colorful spring festival celebrated mainly in India.
Holi is a two day festival which starts on the Purnima (Full Moon day) falling in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun which falls somewhere between end of February and Mid of March in the Gregorian Calendar.
The first day is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi while the second day is known as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.
On the first day in the evening, a bonfire pyre is burnt in North India which represents Holika Dahan. This is symbolic celebration of killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu in order to save Prahlad. Thus Holika Dahan celebrates the triumph of ‘good’ over ‘bad’.
The next day is the festival of colours. On this day people people play with colors. They apply dry colored powders (gulal) or also apply wet color on each other and say “bura na maano Holi hai”. Youngsters also use water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fights.
The places which are related to Lord Krishna, i.e., the Braj region of North India (Mathura, Vrindavan, Nandgaon, etc), has an extended Holi celebration which lasts for 16 days (until Rangpanchmi) in commemoration of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. There the festivities come to an end with “Lath Mar Holi” ritual wherein women have the option to playfully hit men who save themselves with shields.
Apart from India, Holi is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Nepal.
Now a days Holi is celebrated in other parts of the world as well especially in the countries which have significant Hindu population like – Bangladesh , Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mauritius, and Fiji.
Holika Dahan 2016 Date :
In 2016, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on Wednesday, 23rd March 2016.
Dhuleti 2016 Date :
In 2016, Dhuleti will be celebrated on Thursday, 24rd March 2016.