Holi is one of the major festivals that is celebrated by the people of India. It is the festival of colours that is celebrated by people all across the country. It is this one day when people of all religions and castes join together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Every year Holi is celebrated at the end of winters in the month of March. However, it has doesn’t have any fixed date. The festival is celebrated on different dates every year. This year Holi is celebrated on 21st March 2019. People mark the celebration of Holi by greeting each other with ‘happy holi.’ The festival Holi is a fun and exciting one where people put colours, dance and party to enjoy themselves.
Celebration Of Holi
As already mentioned, this year Holi is going to arrive on 21st March 2019. A day prior to Holi, a large bonfire is lit. The burning of the bonfire marks the end of the evil spirits. This process is called Holika Dahan.
Holika Dahan is performed only after the sunset. There are actually strict rules regarding the burning of the bonfire before, the sunset. This is believed to bring a lot of bad luck. Not just that, it is performed at a very specific time on the Purnima tithi after the sun has set. It is regarded as very important to choose a good muhurat to perform the ritual. Ideally, Holika Dahan is performed when the night and the day meet each other which is called pradosh kaal. One should also not perform the ritual until the Bhadra tithi. All these rules are strictly expected to be followed or else it is believed to bring misfortune. However, the timing for the entire ritual may vary from state to state in the country.
The celebration of Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan is a week-long celebration which is worth experiencing. If you wish to witness the real celebration of Holi then you should visit Vrindavan and Mathura during this time. Thousands of people are known to visit both the places during the Holi season. Even foreigners are seen to visit the place during this time.