Holashtak means Holi+eight or eight days prior to Holi. Holashtak is believed to be an eight day’s inauspicious period or dosha in northern parts of India, which begins eight days before Holi, the colorful festival of Hindus. All auspicious tasks or ceremonies (shubh sanskar) like Shifting to a new house (Griha Pravesh) purchasing a new house or office, starting a new business, marriage are avoided during this period. Holashtak begins on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eight tithi of Phalguna Maas and ends on Phalgun Purnima or Holi. It will be from 23 February to 1 March, 2018, according to Hindu Calendar. Holi will be observed on March 1, 2018. Holi Dhulandi (color) is on March 2, 2018.