New Delhi: One of the most important Hindu festivals which is celebrated across India is the festival of colours, Holi. It marks the arrival of spring and the festival also symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. There are many myths associated with Holi, mostly involving Lord Vishnu and Krishna. Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana celebrate the festival fervently as the area is considered sacred. The Lathimar Holi in Barsana is famous for its unique ritual in which women hit men with sticks while they shield themselves.
This year the Holi will be celebrated on March 29, 2021 (Monday) and Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 28, 2021 (Sunday).
Holika Dahan Muhurta – 6:37 pm and 8:56 pm
Duration – 2 Hours 26 Mins
Bhadra Punchha – 10:13 am to 11:16 am
Bhadra Mukha – 11:16 am to 1:00 pm
Full Moon – March 28th from 3.27 am to March 29th at 12.17 midnight
Shubh Muhurat for Holika Dahan which is also known as Holika Deepak or Chhoti Holi is celebrated a day before Holi. On this occasion an effigy of Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakaship is burnt. This symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The ritual is usually done during Pradosh Kaal (which starts after sunset) while Purnimasi Tithi is prevailing.
Holi is one of the major religious festivals that is eagerly awaited by millions of people all over the world. However, it has a special significance among the Hindu community. On this day, people meet their family and friends and spend the day with them playing with bright colours, also known as ‘gulal’ and savouring traditional delicacies.
Owing to the ongoing pandemic, people are likely going to mute the celebrations to curb the spread of the virus.