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Holi Celebrations

Holi is regarded as the Hindu festival of colours, the festival of springs, or festival of love. Ideally, Holi celebrates the arrival of a good spring season, the end of winter and the blossoming of love.

When is Holi?

The date of the Holi celebration changes every year as it is based on the lunar calendar. The holiday falls between February and March during the Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. The day before Holi is called Holi Dahan, and it is a holiday in some states.

Is Holi a public holiday?

Holi is a public holiday in India. Most Indians enjoy walking on the streets and applying colours on their friends and even strangers.

What is closed or open on Holi Day?

Being a public holiday, Holi is a day off to the general population. Government offices, schools, organisations, and most businesses remain closed for the day. A few retail stores may, however, open for some hours before joining their families and friends for Holi. The public transport may operate normally, but you should expect heavy traffic because of the street processions of people going for Holi.

What is Holi?

Originally, Holi was an agricultural festival to welcome the Spring season. Today, the holiday rejoices the liveliness of Spring with pomp and colour. Holi is associated with many legends that try to explain its origin. The first story is based on Lord Krishna and the girl Radha who she liked. Apparently, Krishna complained to his mother that he was so dark such that Radha, who was fair, might not like him. His mom advised him to apply colour on Radha's face and see how her complexion would change. Since then, Holi is celebrated as a festival of colours and a means to disregard social norms in a multicultural society.

Other people believe that an evil king had plans of killing his son, Prahalada, who was a devoted follower of god Vishnu. Prahalada had refused to follow into his father's evil deeds, and for this reason, the King planned on killing him. The King asked his sister Holika, who he believed was immune to fire, to sit with Prahalada in the fire. When the fire was started, Holika burned alive, but Prahalada survived due to his devotion to Vishnu. Since Holika asked for Prahalada's forgiveness before her death, he promised to remember this every year at Holi. As a result of this story, the Holi festival is seen as a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

Things to do on Holi?

Holi is an enthusiastic holiday, especially for kids and the young generation. Holi is a great time to come together and have fun with your friends and family. The most iconic activity involves throwing of colour on the Indian streets. People also paint their bodies and clothing with coloured water and powder. People dress in white clothes, colour each other with coloured powders and throw water balloons at one another. The throwing of colours is seen as a means of devotion and respect not only to deities but also to loved ones.

It is common for the young generation to indulge in treats of thandai (spiced milk) and bhang (a milk beverage with cannabis paste). The treat is believed to make people relax during the festival.

You could also build large bonfires on the eve of Holi as these fires help scare evil spirits. Burning of bonfires is a joyous occasion and an opportunity for you to indulge in Holi songs, dance, and a chance to socialise with friends. You can also attend a public bonfire held in most towns between 10 pm and midnight to commemorate Holika's burning.

Worshipping the idol of Radha is also a common practice on Holi Day. Radha is the Hindu goddess and the lover of Lord Krishna. Traditional stories suggest that Radha was the first woman to be showered with colour as a show of love. To honour this and show respect for Radha, many people sing Holi songs and perform Holi wishes near the goddess idol.

होली Observances

Year Date Day Holiday
2022 24 दिस शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 10 दिस शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 26 नव शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 12 नव शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 22 अक्टूबर शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 8 अक्टूबर शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 24 सित. शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 10 सित. शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 29 अगस्त सोम Summer Bank Holiday
2022 27 अगस्त शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 13 अगस्त शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 23 जुलाई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 9 जुलाई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 25 जून शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 11 जून शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 2 जून गुरू Spring Bank Holiday
2022 21 मई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 14 मई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 7 मई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 2 मई सोम Early May Bank Holiday
2022 23 अप्रैल शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 9 अप्रैल शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 26 मार्च शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 19 मार्च शनि होली
2022 18 मार्च शुक्र होली
2022 17 मार्च गुरू Holika Dahan
2022 12 मार्च शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 26 फ़र शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 12 फ़र शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 22 जन शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2022 8 जन शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 25 दिस शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 11 दिस शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 27 नव शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 13 नव शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 23 अक्टूबर शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 9 अक्टूबर शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 25 सित. शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 11 सित. शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 30 अगस्त सोम Summer Bank Holiday
2021 28 अगस्त शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 14 अगस्त शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 24 जुलाई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 10 जुलाई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 26 जून शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 12 जून शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 31 मई सोम Spring Bank Holiday
2021 22 मई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 8 मई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 3 मई सोम Early May Bank Holiday
2021 24 अप्रैल शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 10 अप्रैल शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 29 मार्च सोम होली
2021 28 मार्च रवि Holika Dahan
2021 27 मार्च शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 21 मार्च रवि होली
2021 13 मार्च शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 27 फ़र शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 13 फ़र शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 23 जन शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2021 9 जन शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 26 दिस शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 12 दिस शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 28 नव शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 14 नव शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 24 अक्टूबर शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 10 अक्टूबर शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 26 सित. शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 12 सित. शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 31 अगस्त सोम Summer Bank Holiday
2020 22 अगस्त शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 8 अगस्त शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 25 जुलाई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 11 जुलाई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 27 जून शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 13 जून शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 25 मई सोम Spring Bank Holiday
2020 23 मई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 9 मई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 8 मई शुक्र Early May Bank Holiday
2020 25 अप्रैल शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 11 अप्रैल शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 28 मार्च शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 21 मार्च शनि होली
2020 14 मार्च शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 11 मार्च बुध Holi 2nd Day
2020 10 मार्च मंगल होली
2020 9 मार्च सोम Holika Dahan
2020 6 मार्च शुक्र होली
2020 22 फ़र शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 8 फ़र शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 25 जन शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2020 11 जन शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 28 दिस शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 14 दिस शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 23 नव शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 9 नव शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 26 अक्टूबर शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 12 अक्टूबर शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 28 सित. शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 14 सित. शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 26 अगस्त सोम Summer Bank Holiday
2019 24 अगस्त शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 10 अगस्त शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 27 जुलाई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 13 जुलाई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 22 जून शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 8 जून शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 27 मई सोम Spring Bank Holiday
2019 25 मई शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 11 मई शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 6 मई सोम Early May Bank Holiday
2019 27 अप्रैल शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 13 अप्रैल शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 23 मार्च शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 21 मार्च गुरू होली
2019 20 मार्च बुध Holika Dahan
2019 9 मार्च शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 23 फ़र शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 9 फ़र शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 26 जन शनि Fourth Saturday Bank Holiday
2019 12 जन शनि Second Saturday Bank Holiday

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