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Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Festival of Color HOLI

Holi Festival 2010 Date

Holi, the colorful Hindu spring festival, is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalugna or Falguna (February – March). Holi 2010 date is March 1 – Dhulendi or Dhulandi. Holika Dahan, also known as Chotti Holi, date in 2010 is February 28. Talk about Holi and the first thing that comes to mind is playing with colours – throwing of colored water and colored powder on one another. Holi festival is largely associated with Lord Krishna and it said that in his childhood and teenage, Krishna played the festival with Gopas and Gopis in Vrindavan.

At Vrindavan, Mathura and other places associated with Lord Krishna, the Holi festival begins a fortnight early and continues till the actual Holi day and includes numerous rituals and games.
Traditional Holi celebrations in North India begin on Rang Pashi, three days earlier to Holika Dahan. All family members gather at home; and gulal is sprinkled on all by the eldest family member. Women wear their special Holi dandia saris on the day.
The second most important day during Holi festival is the Holika Dahan day, when bonfires are lit. The bonfires are lit in memory of the miraculous escape that child Prahlad had when Demon Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu, carried him into the fire. Holika was burnt but Prahlad, a staunch devotee of God Sri Hari Vishnu, escaped without any injuries due to his unshakable and unfathomable devotion.
The next day is the popular Holi festival or Dhulendi. People visit the homes of friends and relatives and play Holi with colors.
An important that is celebrated in North India after the Holi festival day is Bhai Dhooj.
Dolyatra is held in Bengal on the day of Holi. And on the same day Dola Purnima is observed in Orissa.
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