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HOLI or “the festival of colors” is one the most famous festival to be celebrated in India which has its name and fame abroad as well. India being a country of many festivals, Holi is the most special one. With historical evidence associated with it, it is more and more famous for the enthusiasm and fervor with which it is being celebrated all over. 

Holi Festival Dates

  • Holi on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Holika Dahan on Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Purnima Tithi Begins - 03:03 AM on Mar 09, 2020
  • Purnima Tithi Ends - 11:17 PM on Mar 09, 2020

History 

Its origin lies with the story of “Holika and Prahalad” . Prahalad was the son of the demon king Hiranyakashyipu and Holika was the sister of HiranyakashyipuThe king wanted his son to offer him prayers but Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and refused to obey his father. Out of anger and rage, the king ordered his sister to sit in the fire with Prahlad in her lap so that Prahlad will be burnt to death as Holika was boon by Lord Brahma to be safe from fire. But it was Lord Vishnu’s blessings to Prahlad that he came out of the fire safely and untouched and Holika died. 

As per one more historical evidence, this festival is also associated with the divine love of “Radha and Krishna”and is very famous in Uttar Pradesh's Braj, Barsana, Mathura, Nandgaon and Vrindavan.

HOLIKA DAHAN

Holi is a two-day festival and starts on the full moon day of the phalguna month or March month. The full moon day is the first day of Holi and is also known as “Choti Holi”. 

Choti Holi is famous for a ritual known as “Holika Dahan”. This is celebrated in the evening of Choti Holi and signifies the death of Holika. It is celebrated by burning a bonfire of woods and dried leaves tied with a thread and all people are assumed to throw auspicious things in this fire and perform the puja which is followed by some other rituals as well. People offer “jau” and “mauli or threads” and many other items and offer prayers to bless their children and family members. After performing the puja one must throw waste materials or a small wooden piece from each family which represents that we burn our ego, lust, anger, greed and all other evil forces into the fire and purifies ourselves with the smoke coming out of it. Choti Holi also signifies the death of the demon “putana” who tried to kill baby Krishna in his childhood but was killed by Krishna himself. 

Holika dahan

Bihar’s Holi - Phagua Holi 

Holi starts as soon as our eye opens up and we realize that finally, Holi is here. The day starts by applying oils of our choice on our body parts so that the colors won't stick and will come out easily after playing HoliMy mom prepared many foods like “dahibade, maalpua, puri, kachouri, mutton, chicken, pulao, custard and the list goes on. The whole day we eat and play Holi with our family and friends and enjoy foods and as the ends move towards the dusk another excitement awaits as “evening Holi ”. 

Evening Holi is another flavor of our culture. Each and every member of the family and friends visit each other's houses and apply gulal on their faces. The evening goes like this and people offer different types of foods, sweets and other delicacies. Children touch the feet of elders by putting gulal on their feet along with gods. 

And finally, the most famous festival “phagua” as it is said in Bihar ends after giving two day’s memoirs which rejuvenates us for the whole one year till the new one comes to make new memories again. 

UP’s Holi - Lathmaar Holi 

UP Holi celebrations

While traveling from Bihar to Uttar Pradesh in Holi, the fervor remains the same but the level of enjoyment increases. “Mathura” is the place where the only temple dedicated to “Radha Rani” stands apart. Special Mathura Holi “Lathmaar Holi” is the specialty of this place on this special day. 

Boys and males from other districts of Mathura especially from Barsana, Nandgaon and others gathers in this temple and after performing the puja they gather in the “rang rangeeli gali” which is a thin way outside the temple. Women also are known as gopis hit men with “lathis” and the men protect themselves in all possible ways. This tradition is more than enjoyment as it gives immense pleasure to watch all these with bare eyes. The men who get caught by the Gopis are made to wear women's clothes and dance with all the others. 

Delicacies 

Holi delicacies is incomplete without a special drink “thandai”. Thandai is a very famous sweet drink of Holi made from milk, dry fruits, sugar and bhang which is a paste of cannabis leaves. Be it Bihar or Uttar Pradesh or any other place in the world this drink is a must-have dessert in Holi. Juicy Maalpua is another delicacy of Holi made from “flour” and milk along with dry fruits and banana. 

Being a Bihari by birth, on this day we enjoy pakodis made from vegetables wrapped in a paste of gram flour and spices. Holi is a festival of enjoyment and food and so applying colors and having food items with colored hands adds flavor to one’s life. 

Holi festival celebrations

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    Madhu rao
    16/12/2019 11:38:21 AM

    why holi is celebrated with festival of colours?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/12/2019 10:53:32 AM

      Because we get many varieties of grains at the time of Holi, so people play with different colours

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    Puja N Pujari
    26/03/2019 8:08:07 AM

    lathmar Holi takes place in the week before the main day of Holi. ... was started by famous Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. ... You'll get to sing and play Holi with the locals, as well as enjoy a wide variety of ...

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    dina
    25/03/2019 8:48:14 AM

    Hi henna, Thanks for spending time with us.Holi is believed that Lord Krishna used to celebrate holi with colors and hence popularized the same. ... Farmers after seeing their stores being refilled with new crops celebrate Holi as a part of their happiness. Because of this, Holi is also known as 'Vasant Mahotsava' and 'Kama Mahotsava'.

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    nethra
    22/03/2019 11:58:16 AM

    In which place the famous "Lath maar holi" is played ?

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      pujaNpujari
      22/10/2019 2:57:57 PM

      In Uttar Pradesh Lath maar Holi is played

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    henna
    20/03/2019 2:07:27 PM

    Why is Holi important to the farmers?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/12/2019 10:41:59 AM

      Holi is important to the farmers because they get new crops and is celebrated grandly

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    Puja N Pujari
    19/03/2019 7:40:07 AM

    On Holi 2019, you can avail multifarious types of gifts through Puja N Pujari. These gifts are attractive and affordable. Some of the 5 exclusive Holi gifts available on our site, that you can send as gifts to India on Holi, are  described below :- Puja Items- On Holi, you can surprise your elder ones by gifting some exclusive spiritual gifts such as  Ashta Lakshmi Silver Kalash, Sparkling traditional silver diyas, Silver Sinhasan, Kumkum Dani and many more. These spiritual items are really very ethnic and made up of good quality silver, which will add special charm to the Holi puja. Sweets - Sweets will be perfect item that you can send as gifts to India on Holi. On Holi, people generally have special mouth-watering sweets such as gujiya, mathri, malpuas and many more. If you want to give a delicious treat to your family or friend on Holi then you can send some palatable sweet items such as badam barfi, kaju suraj, motichoor laddoo, mithai thali and many more. Our dear ones can have these delicious sweets along with thandai or bhang. Holi Pichkari - If you want your dear ones to enjoy the true spirit of Holi by splashing waters on others, then you can also send pichkari as Holi gifts. In our site, you will get gun shaped Holi pichkaries, which will give great pleasure to the children. Some of the exclusive Holi Pichkaris available on our site are Heroic Fun Gun, Air Pressure, Water Gun etc. Holi Gift Hamper - If you want to send a complete gift hamper to your loved ones in India on Holi, then Holi Gift Hamper will be the perfect present. These hampers include exclusive items such as bouquet of flowers, teddy, sweets and gulal packs and many more. These hampers will definitely make them happy and cheerful. Holi Personalized gifts - You can also express your heartfelt emotions and love by sending Personalized gifts to your dear ones on Holi. Some of the attractive personalized gifts are Photo Canvas, Classic Tiles, Magic Mug etc that you can send as gift to India. These personalized gift items are really very fascinating and they will surely add more pleasure on this very occasion.

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    Puja N Pujari
    18/03/2019 7:06:05 AM

    Mathura & Vrindavan. The Holi of Mathura and Vrindavan is extremely famous throughout the country. ... Barsana. Barsana in Uttar Pradesh is famous for Lath mar Holi. ... Shantiniketan. ... Anandpur Sahib. ... Jaipur and Udaipur. ... Goa. ... Hampi. ... Mumbai.

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    rathna
    18/03/2019 7:04:23 AM

    Where is the Holi festival Celebrated?

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      Satish Sastri
      30/12/2019 10:37:22 AM

      Holi festival is celebrated in entire India

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    puja
    14/03/2019 11:34:30 AM

    Holi is played with colors and water by kids and peoples. In this festival people used to through water to each other so people do not get angry so people say bura na mano holi hai as it is a festival of colours and water and gulal.

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    naresh
    13/03/2019 12:28:23 PM

    Holi is certainly is the festival about joy together with feeling the main colorfulness. You can celebrate Holi together with family members and friends and also enjoy this fest by giving gift to your close ones.