Holi 2021

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colours”, is predominantly a Hindu festival celebrated annually mostly in India and Nepal. However, with the course of time, the festival has spread its wings to other parts of the world, including England, USA, and Australia, among others. In 2021, Holi will be celebrated in 29th March.

When Is Holi 2021 Celebrated

Date Holiday States
Monday, 29th March 2021 Holi National except for Karnataka, Kerala, Lakswadeep, Manipur, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu

About Holi Festival

Holirepresents the triumph of good over evil, the advent of winter and the completion of winter. The festival is also celebrated as a thanksgiving for a better harvest and lasts for a day and a night. The first evening is called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahana. The subsequent day is called Rangawali Holi or Phagwa. Holi usually falls on the final moon of the Phalguna month.

Significance of Holika Dahan: The night before Holi

This vibrant festival marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The celebrations start on the penultimate night before Holi starts with Holika Dahan. It’s a practice where people gather and perform rituals in front of a bonfire to ward off their internal evil. Woods and combustible materials are collected to prepare the pyre. An effigy of Holika is placed on top of the pyre.

After sunset, people gather around the pyre, perform religious rituals, and then light the pyre.

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Rangwali Holi

The day after Holika Dahan marks the beginning of Rangwali Holi. On this day, people enjoy to the fullest by smearing colours on one another—a gesture that symbolises unity. Teenagers and children use abir (coloured powder), pichkaris (water guns), and water balloons to apply colours on their friends. It’s probably the most common way of celebrating Holi across the world. Music is played in full throttle as people rejoice in the beats of “dholaks”.

Holi parties are organised in resorts and clubs with pool parties being the most common gathering spot for the revellers. People enjoy playing Holi in groups, hence huge open spaces are booked so that people in large numbers can enjoy the festival together.

The Feast

Serving delicacies, especially sweets, and drinking “thandai” are an integral part of the celebration. Gujiya and rasgullas are two of the most popular sweets that are prepared during this festival. Snacks like gol gappe or puchkas, dal kachori, kanji vada, chhole bhature, and papri chaat, are served in food stalls.

What happens after Holi ends?

After playing Holi, people clean themselves up, remove colours from their faces and bodies, and get decked up to visit friends’/relatives’ houses. The custom is to visit relatives’ houses and pay respect to the elders by touching their feet and seeking their blessings.

Description Of The Holi Festival In Uttar Pradesh

There are a few rites associated with the Holi festival. On the eve of the festival, a bright bonfire is ignited, which is called Chhoti Holi or Holika. It is a symbol of the victory of good over evil. There is a story behind this festival. Hiranyakashyap had colluded with his sister Holika in order to slay his son Prahlad. Hiranyakashyap was unsuccessful since Prahlad was the biggest follower of Lord Narayana. By the grace of God, Prahlad was protected. The sister of Hiranyakashyap was consumed by the fire.

The people across the state will take part in lighting the fire. Under the fire, a jar of barley seeds is kept. People consume these seeds when the pyre burns out. The future harvest is predicted based on the conditions of seeds. The ashes of the pyre are pondered auspicious. On the festival day, the people of all classes play colored water. They consume ladoos, gujiya, mathri, bhang and cannabis.

Detailed Information On Holi Dates

The timing of Holika Dahan: As per Hindu scriptures, the respect and lighting of bonfires should be done at a definite time after twilight on Purnima Thithi. Otherwise, it will carry adversity. It is important to choose the right muhurta for the Holika Dahan that should ideally be performed at the propitious juncture of Pradosh Kaal. A distinct puja is done in order to keep children safe from the influences of evil.

Dol Purnima (Dol Jatra): In Odisha and West Bengal, Dol Purnima ( Dol Jatra ) celebrations take place on the full moon day before Holi. Idols of Krishna and Radha are brought. With colored dust, the idols are tarnished. In fact, people play colors on the roads and streets. On Phagu Dashami, festivities start six days earlier.

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Festive Activities

The people of India take part in many festive activities in order to exhibit their consecration for Lord Vishnu and have fun during Holi.

Plying color: People across the country play colored powder and water during Holi. This is an amazing activity to exhibit respect and devotion to friends and families.

Worship the Idol of Radha: Randha, the lover of Lord Krishna and Hindu Goddess, was the first woman to be poured with color as a mark of affection. In order to exhibit respect for Goddess Radha, many people sing Holi songs.

Bonfires : People create bonfires on the eve of Holi in order to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is the most joyful moment. This occasion is used to sing, dance and socialise with families and friends. This activity is called Holika Dahan. People relish Holi by drinking bhang and a treat prepared from cannabis paste. This will help people to relax during the festival.

The Best Destinations To Celebrate Holi Holidays 2021

India has many destinations to celebrate Holi holidays 2021. The best destination to witness the Festival of Colors in India relies on the nature of experience you would like to have and what interests you. The top five Indian destinations to spend Holi holidays 2018 include the following:

Mathura: Mathura is one of the best destinations to celebrate the Festival of Colors in the country. As per legends, the tradition of playing colors derived from the play of Krishna and Radha. The city of Mathura, the place of birth of Lord Krishna, will be at its best during the festival. Drarakadheesh Temple should be visited in Mathura.

Vrindavan: It is the best Indian destination to photograph the festival, which is celebrated with serenity, devotion and customs. The customs of the Holi festival in Banke Bihari temple are unparalleled. The destination attracts visitors from India and across the globe.

Barsana: Holi is celebrated in a different style in Barsana, which was the Radha’s home. Barasana is the best place to enjoy the festival.

New Delhi: New Delhi, the capital city of India, celebrates the festival of Holi in a different manner. People organise many parties to enjoy the festival with joy and happiness.

Shantiniketan: In Shantiniketan, the Holi festival is called the Basant Utsava. The city celebrates the festival with a wealth of folk music, song and dance performances, flowers, events and colors.

In addition to the aforementioned destinations, the country has many destinations that are famous for celebrating the festival.

News About Holi Holidays

  • Holi celebrations banned in these states and UTs on account of Covid-19 spread

    The Central government has issued a circular to union territories and states advising the imposition of restrictions on Holi celebrations. This is applicable under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act. While there is no restriction of movement between states, surveillance and testing in places of transit have been increased.

    In Maharashtra, public and private Holi and Rangapanchami celebrations have been banned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In Uttar Pradesh, people coming in from others states to celebrate Holi will be screened and tested at vantage points of transit such as bus depots, railway stations, and airports. In the capital city, rain dance programmes have been banned. Permissions given earlier have been withdrawn. In Madhya Pradesh, the cities of Jabalpur, Bhopal, and Indore will be under lockdown. People have been instructed to celebrate Holi in their homes. In Delhi, celebrations of Holi, Navaratri, Shab-e-Barat, and other festivals have been banned in public grounds, parks, religious places, and markets. Surveillance will be increased in metros, malls, movie theaters, and religious places. In Haryana, Holi celebrations have been banned throughout the state. In Odisha also, celebrations for Holi and Dol Jatra have been banned in the city of Bhubaneshwar. In Gujarat, Holi celebrations have been banned in all public places with people being advised to celebrate with limited rituals. Mass events have been banned on Dhuleti Day as well. In Chandigarh, Holi celebrations have been canceled in all public places, clubs, and restaurants. People have been asked to celebrate the festival at home. In Chhattisgarh, a ban on Holi celebrations has not been announced, although vigilance has been increased with strict protocols to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus to be imposed throughout the state.

    25 March 2021

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