Holi 2020 will be celebrated over two days in the country. Holika Dahan- the first day, a ritual marking the burning of Holika is held followed by Holi, when people play with colours. The main festival of Holi falls on March 10 this year.
HOLI 2020 – FINAL DATE, TIMING
Holi festival will be celebrated on 10 March this time. Holika Dahan is on 9 March and Holi on 10 March. Preparations for Holi have started in many homes. Gujhiya papad, mathri and many other types of dishes are being made in many homes.
So at the same time the children have also started shopping for colors and squirrels from the market.
- 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
SigniFicance of Holi and Story Behind it
According to the scriptures, Holashtak takes place eight days before Holi. This year Holashtak will start from March 3 and end with Holi Dahan on March 9. It is said that no auspicious work is done in these eight days.
This time Holika Dahan will take place on 9 March. From Falgun Shukla Ashtami to Falgun Purnima, Holashtak remains. According to the Hindu calendar, Holika Dahan is performed on the full moon date of the month of Phalgun and the color is played in the Chaitrakrishna Pratipada the next day.
There are many stories about Holashtak in the scriptures.
According to the story related to Holika, it is said that from the day of Holashtak, devotee Prahlada was locked in a prison and preparations were made to burn in Holika. According to the second story, it is said that Lord Shiva consumed Kamdev on the day of Holashtak.
At the same time, wood is kept for Holika from the day of Holashtak. The place where Holika Dahan will take place begins to keep the wood of Holi from this. In India, Ragan is also called Dulhandi in many places.
Dulhandi will be held on 10 March and Gangaur Puja will also begin on this day itself. Gangaur Puja has special significance for women in Rajasthan.
Earlier on February 25, there would be a spurt of marriages on the Abuja Saway of Phulera Dooj, especially in rural areas.
Holika Dahan Story
According to the scriptures, the tradition of Holika Dahan is a unique feeling of connection between the devotee and God. According to the story,
Asura Raj Hiranyakashyap ruled in India. His son Prahlada was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, but Hiranyakashipu was a malevolent. Hiranyakashipu had announced on earth that no one would worship the gods. Only he would be worshiped, but the devotee Prahlada did not obey his father and remained in devotion to God.
Hiranyakaship tried several times to get the son Prahlada killed, but he failed to succeed so he planned. Under this scheme he enlisted the help of sister Holika.
Holika had a boon, she would not burn with fire. As per the plan Holika sat in the fire with Prahlada in her lap, but the Lord assisted the devotee Prahlada. Holika got burnt in this fire and devotee Prahlada came out of the fire safely. Since then Holika Dahan has a tradition.
The Holika carries the message of burning all malice and sins.
Holi a scientifically important festival
Holi is a festival of colors. But do you know that Holi is also a scientifically important festival? Now you must be wondering how we can tell you that scientists say that different colors used in Holi work like a therapy. Different colors keep the body and mind balanced. Also boost your brain. At present, color therapy, which eliminates diseases, is also part of this quality. While in Egypt and China, it has been used as a treatment since ancient times.
So Enjoy Holi to Fullest!!