Holi, the festival of colours will be celebrated this year on Friday, March 2, 2018. Holika Dahan will be celebrated a day prior on Thursday, March 1, 2018, while Dhuleti, Dhulandi, Dhulivandan or Rang Panchami or Holi would be celebrated the next day. Holi is a spring festival celebrated with pomp, fervour and euphoria in the Indian subcontinent. Holi signifies the triumph of good over evil, arrival of spring, end of winter and a day to let bygones be bygones and forget all fights and mend broken relationships. Holi is also celebrated as a thanksgiving to a good harvest. Holi falls in the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar Vikram Samvat which corresponds to February or March in the Gregorian calendar. Here we have brought to you the date, significance, mythology, muhurat and importance of why Holi is celebrated.

Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival and is believed that Lord Krishna along with Radha celebrated Holi in the Braj region of where he grew up. The mythology of the celebration of Holi comes from the story of Prahlad and his evil father, demon king Hiranyakashipu. The demon king Hiranyakashipu had obtained a boon that gave him five special powers: he could not be killed by either a human being or an animal, neither indoors nor outdoors, neither at day nor at night, neither by astra (projectile weapons) nor by any shastra (handheld weapons), and neither on land nor in water or air. By obtaining this boon he thought himself to be invincible and equivalent to God and became arrogant. He demanded that everyone should worship him only. Happy Holi 2018 Wishes: Best Quotes, Wishes, SMS, Facebook Status, WhatsApp Forwards and GIF Image Messages in Hindi to Wish Happy Rangpanchami & Dhuleti

Story of Prahlad

Prahlad, Hiranyakashipu’s own son disagreed and remained devoted to Lord Vishnu. This did not bid well with his father who tried to inflict severe punishments on Prahlad, none of which had any effect on the boy’s devotion and belief. Finally, Holika, Prahlad’s paternal aunt tricked him into sitting on a pyre with her. Holika was blessed with a cloak that was immune to fire. Holika had devised that she would wear the cloak and will not be burned by the fire while Prahlad will burn and eventually die. However, this did not happen, as the fire raged, the cloak flew from Holika and wrapped around Prahlad instead saving him and killing Holika. Lord Vishnu then took the form of Narasimha (half human and half lion) at dusk (neither night nor day) took Hiranyakashipu at the doorstep (which is neither inside nor outside), placed him on his lap (neither on ground nor in the air) and then killed the demon king with his lion claws (no weapon). The Holika bonfire is symbolic of the triumph of good over evil and the victory of Prahlad over Hiranyakashipu. Happy Holi 2018 Wishes: Best Quotes, Wishes, SMS, Facebook Status, WhatsApp Forwards and GIF Image Messages in English to Wish Happy Rangpanchami & Dhuleti

Krishna Legend

Lord Krishna is also associated with the celebration of Holi. However, this is more of an urban legend than any text prescribed in any Puranas. Apparently, Lord Krishna who was dark-skinned due to drinking the poisoned breast milk of she-demon Putana despaired that he was dark in colour, unlike Radha who was fair. He entreated and questioned his mother about it, to which she told him that he can approach Radha and colour her face with any colour. Lord Krishna proceeded to do the same and this playful colouring of Radha’s face is commemorated as Holi.

Muhurat for Holika Dahan

Date: March 1, 2018

Muhurat: From 18:16 to 20:47

Bhadra Puch: From 15:54 to 16:58

Bhadra Mukh: From 16:58 to 18:45

Muhurat for Holi

Date: March 2, 2018

Muhurat: From 6:21

Holi is a festival where people mend broken relationships and play with colours with everyone. Special delectable items like gujiyas, malpua, dahi wada, nimki, bhang and thandai are served to guests and prepared in homes all over India.