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Holashtaka /Holi

Holi is one of the major spring festivals in India celebrated on Phalgun Purnima as the festival of colors. Festival Holi is the symbol of victory of good over evil, also known as the festival of love, friendship, and togetherness. Auspicious events are avoided during Holashtak Dosha, which begins eight days before Holi.

Holi, the festival of colors

Holi is celebrated in India and across the world with great enthusiasm. Hindus observe Holika Dahan on the first day of Holi, on Phalgun Purnima (night).

They perform this by collecting wood, useless, combustible articles, and other seasonal crops or grains, lighting a bonfire, put all these in the bonfire to burn with Holika.

Children and adults of different ages play Holi with Gulal or Ambira (dry colors) with various colors mixed with water, they throw colors on each other.

People celebrate it in masses, by singing, folk-dancing, beating drums, sharing sweets and snacks, visiting houses of friends and relatives, playing Holi with colors, hug each other.

They have sweets, snacks, or feast together to enjoy the colorful festival and forget all their differences, rivalries, or misunderstandings, forgive, and become new friends again on Rang Wali Holi Milan.

Parsis will also celebrate this year’s Parsi New year on the day of the colorful festival Holi.

Holashtak Dosha 2022, eight days before Holi

People should avoid all the auspicious tasks, ceremonies, or Shubh Sanskar like Shifting to a new house (Griha Pravesh) purchasing a new house or office, starting a new business, Mundan Sanskar of the child, or marriage during Holashtak Dosha period.

The word, Holashtak means Holi+eight or eight days prior to Holi, this period of eight days is known as Holashtak Dosha.

Holashtak Dosha begins on Phalgun Ashtami and ends on Rangwali Holi or Dhulandi, the colorful festival of Hindus. The inauspicious Holashtak is observed preferably in northern parts of India.

Dates for Holashtak Dosha (inauspicious period) 2022

This year’s Dosha Muhurat 2022 begins on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami or eighth Tithi of Phalguna Maas and ends on Phalgun Purnima or Holi, begins on Thursday, March 10, and ends on Thursday, March 17, 2022, according to Hindu Calendar.

Date and Holika Dahan Muhurat for Holi 2022

The date for Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan is observed on Phalgun Purnima, i.e. Thursday, March 17, 2022. Holi Dhulandi (color) is on Friday, March 18, 2022.

 Holika Dahan Muhurat 2022

Holika Dahan Muhurat begins from 01: 29 PM on 17 March

Dates and Muhurat for Dhulandi or Rangwali Holi/ Holi 2022

Dhulandi or Rangwali Holi is on Friday, 18th March 2022.

Devotees will celebrate Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanti (536 anniversary) on this day.

Vernal Equinox or Spring Equinox is on Sunday, March 20, 2022.

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