Holashtak means Holi+eight or eight days prior to Holi. Holashtak is believed to be an eight day’s inauspicious period or dosha 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, in northern India. Holashtak begins on Ashtami or eight tithi of Phalguna Maas and ends on Phalgun Purnima or Holi, 5 March to 12 March, 2017, according to Hindu Calendar. Holi Dhulandi (color) is on March 13.