Holi 2023: Know date, auspicious time, importance and story of Holika Dahan

Holi 2023: Know date, auspicious time, importance and story of Holika Dahan

It is well known that Holi is a festival of colors and it has been given a very important place in the ancient Indian tradition. It is enjoyed by people of all classes with great enthusiasm. In the year 2023, the festival of Holi will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 7. If we talk about the Hindu calendar, then this festival is celebrated on the full moon day of Phalgun month. It usually falls in the month of March or the month of April.

Importance of holi

This festival of colors is celebrated with great enthusiasm not only in the country of India but in many parts of the world, it is a festival of fun and joy. There are many traditions associated with this festival, which continues for two days. On this day people visit their friends and relatives. This is the best festival to remove mutual differences. On this day everyone forgets all the grievances and gets colored in the color of love and brotherhood. Colors also have special significance on this day, people share love by applying color to each other and feeding dishes. Along with this, music is also organized in many places.

According to ancient legends, it is believed that the first day of Holi festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Lord Vishnu’s devotee Prahlad over Holika, who was the sister of demon king Hiranyakashyap and aunt of devotee Prahlad. On this day the pyre of Holika is burnt. The next day special dishes are enjoyed with colors and gulal. These traditions are most important on Holi.

Holi puja time

FestivalAuspicious beginning
Holika Dahan 06:24 PM to 08:51 PM on March 7, 2023
Full moon date startMarch 6, 2023 at 4:17 pm
Full moon date endsMarch 7, 2023 by 06:09 PM
Gawali Holi (Dhulendi)March 8, 2023

Story related to Holi

Many stories related to the festival of Holi are found in mythological texts, but there is one such story which is most popular. According to this legend, there was a demon king named Hiranyakashyap in ancient times. But his son Prahlad was a great devotee of Lord Sri Hari Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap made several attempts to kill his son, but each time he was saved by the grace of the Lord. Then he along with his sister Holika planned to burn Prahlad. But she also failed. Prahlad was saved in that, but Hiranyakashyap’s sister Holika got burnt. Since then Holika Dahan is done. Another legend states that Lord Shiva was distracted by Kamadeva from deep meditation, which resulted in Shiva’s marriage with Parvati. Kamadeva was restored by Shiva forty days after Vasant Panchami, which is celebrated as Holi. In the regions of Braj, Holi is celebrated to celebrate the divine relationship of Radha and Krishna.

Astrological Significance of Holi

According to Vedic astrology, the Sun and the Moon are at opposite ends of each other in the sky during the Holi festival. The place where the Moon is situated in the signs of Leo and Virgo is auspicious. While the Sun is located in Pisces and Aquarius. Rahu often transits in Sagittarius. Also, Vastu experts consider it a very auspicious day to perform Vastu Puja. Performing Vastu Puja of your home, property and vehicles on the day of Holika Dahan and Dhulendi i.e. Pratipada is extremely beneficial. This can help in achieving health benefits and attracting positive energy. The special thing is that on this day people also fly kites to worship the wind god.

Traditions of Holi Dahan

On the day of Holika Dahan, Holi is lit at the main crossroads of the city, village, town or locality. In this, cakes made of wood or cow dung are burnt. Even today there is a custom in the villages to burn garlands made of cow dung. For this, arrangements for wood and dung are made in advance, and then it is collected in the form of a heap and burnt.

Holika Dahan festival

Holika Dahan is a ritual conducted in the evening. It is believed that Holika sat down to burn Prahlad, her brother’s son and a devotee of Lord Sri Hari Vishnu. But she herself got burnt. Therefore it is also considered a symbol of the victory of good over evil. An effigy of Holika is also kept during Holika Dahan, and the victory of good over evil is celebrated. On this day people pray and circumambulate around the bonfire offering prayers with kumkum, rice, coconut, diyas, flowers, dates, and jowar pop or puff millet to remove negative energy from life and bring prosperity and growth Huh.

Dhulendi

The festival of Dhulendi is celebrated the next day after Holika Dahan. On this day people apply color on each other and wish. Holi festivities last a whole day, with people playing with colours, applying gulal, dancing, beating drums and relishing delicious dishes. People of every class celebrate this festival by coloring in the colors of Holi.

The tradition of playing with colors is followed all over India from north to south. On the day of Holi, people like to spray each other with pichkari and paint each other’s face. People dance intoxicated on Bollywood songs. Even rain dance is also enjoyed at many places.

Enjoy the famous Holi dishes on the festival of colors

Gujiya, Malpua, Pakodi, Dal Kachori, Pani Puri, Dahi Bhalla, Masala Puri and Baked Kachori along with Masala Chana are some of the very famous dishes on this festival of Holi, which add a different flavor to the joy of this festival.

Beverages to be consumed at Dhulendi

The festival of Holi is not limited to food only, on this day people like to relax and enjoy this colorful day by indulging in famous delicious drinks like Thandai, Lassi, Kheer and Jal-Jeera.

Conclusion

In short, Holi is a special festival for all Indians, which celebrate it with full enthusiasm and enthusiasm. This fun-filled day culminates in the evening of Dhulendi, when people meet each other and exchange sweets to wish each other. To make the day of Holi even more special, special parties are organized at many places. At the same time, there is no doubt that this festival of colors is celebrated with harmony and brotherhood.