Holi 2017

A greatest festival of Hindus, Holi is a festival of colors. Celebrated worldwide all over India, it commemorates the victory of good over evil. It falls on the Phalgun Purnima, usually in the month of March or April. This year in 2017, Holi will be celebrated on March 13 with great pomp and show as ever. The festivity marks the end of winter and the arrival of spring, a season of hope and joy when the beauty of nature adds to the backdrop of this colorful festival. On the occasion of holi festival, special events have been organized in Mathura, Vrindavan, Braj, Gokul and nearby places. Holi festival does not mean that play the holi with colors only but it is a way of creating and sharing happiness with each other.

Holi 2017 Date:

In India, Holi festival is celebrated on the day of Phalgun Purnima. According to western calendar, Holi 2017 will be celebrated in the month of March. Holi festival is started before one day ago, with the Holika Puja celebration at the evening. On the main day of holi festival, children play the holi with the colours and pichkaris while the young ones and old people play holi with eco-friendly colors and gulals.

Holi Date - March 12, 2017 (Sunday)

The popular places for holi celebrations in India are Mathura, Vrindavan, Gowardhan, Barsana, Gokul and Nandagaon etc. The traditional Lathmar Holi in Barsana is famous in all around the world and tourists come to witness & enjoy holi festival. During holi festival, the main roads and streets filled with mix of colors and gulals.

Different Names of Holi Festival:

Holi festival has different names in different region in India, where people celebrate it in a different style & manner and with different rituals. People call this festival by the other names also like Lathmar holi, Khadi holi and Basant Utsav & Dol Jatra etc. Below read the different names of Holi in India.

Holi 2017

1 - Lathmar Holi in Barsana village, Uttar Pradesh

2 - Hola Mohalla in Punjab

3 - Phaguwa in Bihar

4 - Rang Panchami in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra

5 - Basant Utsav and Dol Jatra in West Bengal

6 - Yaosang in Manipur

7 - Manjal Kuli in Kerala

8 - Royal Holi in Udaipur, Rajasthan

9 - Shigmo in Goa

10 - Khadi Holi in Kumaon region, Uttarakhand

11 - Phakuwah in Assam

History of Holi Festival

There are many legends associated with Holi festival and the stories behind the celebration of Holi festival are different. Some of the stories are related to Prahlad & Holika, Radha & Krishna and Dhundhi, which we have described below in detail while there are more reasons to celebrate Holi in different region.

Holi festival has different name in different regions and celebrated differently by the people. Check the detailed information of holi history below

Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap History:

Holi has myriad legends associated with its celebration. The foremost amongst all is the story of Prahlad and Hiranyakashyap. Legend says that the king demanded the people of his kingdom to worship him as God. However, his son, Prahlad worshiped Lord Vishnu which enraged the king and so he made various plans to kill his son. He asked his sister Holika who was immune to fire to end Prahlad’s life by entering into fire. Story says that Holika was burnt in the blazing fire and Prahlad saved. Since then the festival is celebrated worldwide to mark the end of good over evil.

Radha and Krishna History:

The story of Radha and Krishna is also closely associated with the celebration of the festival of colors. The dark complexion of young Krishna made him feel jealous with the fair beauty of his beloved Radha. To tease her, he applied color on her face. Following the legend, people celebrated Holi as an expression of love.

How Holi is Celebrated?

The celebration begins on the last day of Phalgun. During this day, people collect sticks from the ground or buy them and collect at a place. At night, people gather together and set fire to the huge pile of sticks. The songs accompanied by drums enthrall joy everywhere. The holika is carved out of cow dung and a coconut acts as the role of Prahlad. The next day, the festivity begins and everyone sprinkles color on each other and exchange sweets. Children take special delight and play with pichkaris. Exchanging sweets, applying colors, dance, songs, and the rhythm of drum are the main highlights of the day. Markets are filled with waterguns, colors, gulals and sweets before one week ago. People visit to their relatives and friends to wish them Happy Holi and get blessing from elder ones. People enjoy the special dishes at home during Holi and do not forget to eat special sweets of Holi i.e. “Gujia”.

The popular places of holi celebrations in India are Mathura, Vrindavan, Gowardhan, Barsana, Gokul and Nandagaon etc. The traditional Lathmar Holi in Barsana is famous in all around the world and tourists come to witness & enjoy holi festival.