Holi, the festival of colours, is almost here and people across the country have already begun with the celebrations. A day prior to Holi, Holika Dahan is celebrated that symbolises the win of good over the evil. On this day, a bonfire is lit with people singing and dancing around the fire. People also perform parikrama of fire. This year, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 9. Also Read - Isha Ambani Stuns in a Beautiful Anarkali Worth Rs 20,000 at Her Holi Party - Check Viral Photos

Significance and Importance:

Holika Dahan, also known as Chhoti Holi, marks the death of Holika and the victory of Prahlad who walked out of fire unhurt without a scratch. According to the legend, Holika had a boon that protected her from getting burnt. In order to kill Prahlad, she sat with him on her lap in a bonfire but to everyone’s astonishment, she got burnt alive and Prahlad emerged unhurt. Holi, like every other festival, celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Therefore, Hindus celebrate Holika Dahan to commemorate the festival. Also Read - Vicky Kaushal-Katrina Kaif Look Inseparable at Isha Ambani's Holi Party - These Videos Are Proof

The festivities begin on the night before the main Holi with Holika Dahan where people gather to perform religious rituals and to also burn the effigy of Holika, the sister of the demon king Hiranyakashipu, as a sign of the victory of good over evil. The first day is often referred to as Chhoti Holi and the next morning is celebrated as Rangwali Holi where all gather and play with colours. Also Read - Happy Holi 2020: WhatsApp Messages, Quotes, GIFs, Holi Hai SMS to Wish Family And Friends

Holika Dahan Muharat:

According to Hindu mythology, Holika Dahan must be performed at a specific time on the Purnima Tithi only after the Sunset. However, the exact time for Holika Dahan varies from state to state across India.

Holika Dahan begins: 9 March 2020 at 03:03 am

Holika Dahan Ends: 9 March 2020 at 11:17 pm

Holika Dahan Muharat: Begins at 06:26 pm and Ends at 8:52 pm

There are a number of legends associated with Holi with one attributed to Vishnu and another to Krishna. Most places that are associated with Lord Krishna celebrate Holi with great pomp. These regions, known as Braj, include Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana. The Lathimar Holi in Barsana is famous for its unique ritual of women hitting men with sticks while they shield themselves.