Importance of Holi Celebrations
The festival of colours is celebrated with great fun and frolic across the country and abroad. On this day, people visit their friends and relatives, and it is considered the best period to resolve conflicts. People play with colours, offer delicacies, and hold music festivals across the globe.
The first day is to commemorate Vishnu bhakta Prahlada’s victory over Holika, the sister of demon king Hiranyakaship. A large bonfire or the pyre of Holika is lit on the fortnight. The next day is celebrated with great fun playing with colours, water sprays, gulaal, and enjoying the Holi special delicacies.
Holi 2024 Date, Muhurat and Timings:
|Date and Muhurats
|Holika Dahan Date
|Sunday, March 24, 2024
|Holika Dahan Muhurat
|11:13 PM to 12:27 AM, Mar 25
|01 Hour 14 Mins
|06:33 PM to 07:53 PM
|07:53 PM to 10:06 PM
|Purnima Tithi Begins
|09:54 AM on Mar 24, 2024
|Purnima Tithi Ends
|12:29 PM on Mar 25, 2024
Astrological Significance of Holi
Vedic Astrology reveals that on Holi, the Sun and the Moon are on the opposite ends of each other in the sky. The position is auspicious, where the Moon is present in the houses of Leo and Virgo. While the Sun is very much placed in the Pisces and Aquarius. Rahu often transits into the worldly-wise Sagittarius.
Also, Vastu professionals consider it a very auspicious day to perform Vastu Puja. Performing Vastu puja of your home, property, and vehicles during the auspicious period of Holika Dahan and Dhuleti can help to achieve good health and attract positive energies. Amazingly, people often fly kites on this day to worship Pawan devata.
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Rituals of Holi and Holika Dahan
In order to light the bonfire, days before the Holi festival people start gathering wood, cow dung cake, mala and other old items at the major crossroads of the city. Thus, during the actual celebration, a huge pile of wood is collected.
The celebration of Holika Dahan was held on the eve of Holi with complete holi pooja rituals. As per the legends, Holika sat with his brother’s son – Prahlad – an ardent lord Vishnu bhakt, to destroy him. But, she burnt and died in the process, which marks the victory of Good over EVIL. And thus, the Effigy of Holika is placed in the wood and lighted. It also symbolises the triumph of a true devotee.
Devotees pray and circle around the bonfire performing pujas with the kumkum, rice, coconut, Diya, flowers, dates, and jowar pops or puff bajra to remove negative energy from their life and bring prosperity and growth.
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Dhuleti 2024 : Game of Colours
The day after Holika Dhahan is Holi – Duleti, where people smear colours on each other and greet each other with various slogans such as Happy Holi or Holi Hai Bhai Holi Hai. Holi celebrations go on the whole day with people playing with colours, gulal, dancing, playing the drums and eating delicacies. Everyone celebrate this festival of colour with full joy and pomp right from big to small and young to old.
The tradition of playing colours is followed all over India from north to south. On Holi day, people love to spray colour water on each other with pichkaris and smearing colours on each other’s faces. People sing Bollywood holi songs, dance on the beats and even love to enjoy rain dance parties at Holi festival.
Famous Holi Food to Enjoy on Festival of Colours
Famous Holi Dishes
Gujiyas, malpuas, pakoris, dal kachori, pani puri, dahi bhalla, masal puri and masala chana with baked kachori are some of the famous holi delicacies that add a different flavour to the festival.
Famous Holi Drinks
Not just limited to dishes, people also love to relax and enjoy the colourful day by relishing on the famous flavoury drinks like Thandai, lassi, kheer, and jal jeera.
Colouring Down the Day!
In a nutshell, Holi is a special festival for all Indians celebrating it with full fervour and enthusiasm. The fun-filled and eventful day is concluded as people in the evening meet and greet their friends and relatives by sharing and eating sweets and other delicacies. Holi Special parties are also organised to add zest to Holi Day. No doubt, the festival of colours nurtures harmony and brotherhood.
MyPandit wishes everyone a fun-filled, safe, and Happy Holi.