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Holi, Festival of Colours
Holi, Festival of Colours, by Poras Chaudhary

Holi 2017:
India's Spring Festival of Colours

Holi is a riotously beautiful annual festival celebrated in India and in Indian communities across the world on the day after the Full Moon in the lunar month of Phalguna (february/march). It celebrates the coming of spring, and although it also contains mythological elements, Holi is probably the least religious of Hindu holidays. It is definitely a wild party time, when the people light bonfires, throw coloured powder and coloured water over each other and generally have a fabulous time!

"The most chromatic, singularly beautiful religious celebration in the world must be Holi, the Festival of Colours. In early March, India and other countries with big Hindu populations usher in spring and represent the triumph of good over evil with what basically amounts to a national multi-coloured water fight in the street. People head out of their houses and cover each other in coloured paints, powders, waters, and dyes. It’s the literal, visual interpretation of the colourful re-birth of spring come to life on people’s bodies." These are Jeremy Elder's words, but they really do get the spirit of Holi. Like Easter, Holi is a moveable feast based on the lunar calendar and the date of the Full Moon (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Phalguna (february/march). It begins with the eight-day preliminary Holashtak festivities, between March 4 and March 12 in 2017, ending with a massive bonfire on night Holika Dahan (a sort of Holi Eve). Holi itself is celebrated on Sunday March 12, followed by Dulhendi on Monday March 13. People believe they can fulfill their wishes via some easy remedies and reciting certain mantras on the auspicious occasion of this festival.

Holi, Festival of Colours
Holi, Festival of Colours

In earlier times the colours and dyes of Holi were all naturally-based ayurvedic herbal remedies, which were used not just to celebrate sping, but to cleanse the spirit and improve the health. Nowadays the people have largely turned to artificial chemical colours. According to some authorities, these are having a problematic effect on the health of the celebrants, but this is denied by others. I have set some links up here to our sister site, which focuses on Indian culture (which is all astrologically based). Check it out!

Go Forward  Holashtak 2017: 4 - 12 March 2017

Holashtak, an eight-day phase of ritual cleansing, begins from the Ashtami, or the eighth day of the Shukla Paksha (or waxing phase of the Moon), in the month of Phalgun, ending at the Purnima, or Full Moon. It is considered an inauspicious period, when no major rituals, such as marriage, housewarming etc., should be undertaken. For many communities, Holashtak begins with the decoration of a tree branch with coloured pieces of cloth. Everyone ties a piece and finally the branch is buried underground, announcing the arrival of Holi. This year Holashtak is from 4th March to 12th March.

Go Forward  Festival of Holi and Holi in India

This year Holi is celebrated on Sunday, 12 March 2017, with Dulhendi on Monday, 13 March 2017. Find out why Holi is celebrated, and how Holi is enjoyed in different parts of India.

Go Forward  Preparation and Procedure to Perform Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan or the lighting of the bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi. The day is also popularly called Chhoti Holi or the 'Little Holi'. The main event, the fun with the colour, takes place on the next Big Day.

Go Forward  Remedies to fulfil your wishes on this Holi

Holi is celebrated on the Full Moon day (Poornima) of Phalguna. It is believed that you can fulfil your wishes by performing some easy remedies and reciting certain mantras on the auspicious occasion of this festival. You can get benefit by doing any one of these following remedies according to your wishes.

Go Forward  Dhulendi 2017 (Holi of Colours)

Dhulendi, the main day of the Holi Festival, will be celebrated on Monday, 13th March, 2017. This festival has a great deal of importance in the Hindu religion, mostly for people who are wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord Krishna. This festival seen as the triumph of Good over Evil.

Go Forward  Send Holi Greetings to Loved Ones

Wish all your friends a happy and prosperous Holi in 2017, with a personalized e-card. Click on an image to select the card, then enter your friend's name and email address, plus a few words from you. It's easy!

Why not send an E-Card for Holi from our sister-site,! Click Here.

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