Holi – the festival of Colors celebrated on Phalgun Purnima is around the corner !
But eight days prior to this festival are considered to be inauspicious and this inauspicious period is known as Holashtak.
Holashtak is a Sanskrit word derived from ‘Hola’ and ‘Ashtak’, which in English mean eight days before Holi.
Holashtak begins on Shukla Paksha Ashtami in the Hindu calendar month of Phalgun and ends on Phalgun Purnima – the Holi day.
It is considered to be an inauspicious period because of the fact that during the period, Hindu planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Venus undergo transformations.
Things Avoided during Holashtak :
People of North India believe a lot in Holashtak and during this period people avoid performing auspicious ceremonies like marriage, naming ceremony of a child, engagement ceremony, house warming, buying property or vehicle, making important investments or any of the Hindu sanskars during this period.
Things Done during Holashtak :
This period is considered ideal for giving charity, giving alms, performing good deeds and helping others.
Holashtak 2017 :
In 2017, Holashtak begins on Sunday, 5th March 2017 and ends on Sunday, 12th March 2017.