Holi 2024 Date, Timing, History & Importance

Holi, the vibrant festival of colours, will be celebrated on March 25, 2024. This popular Indian festival involves throwing colours, hosting parties, and enjoying sweets like gujiya. It’s a time for fun and bonding with friends and family. This spring festival, mainly celebrated in India and Nepal, brings joy and color to people’s lives.

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When is Holi 2024?

In 2024, Holi starts with Holika Dahan on March 24 and the main celebration is on March 25. The dates change yearly as they are based on the Hindu calendar’s twelfth month, Phalguna, which follows lunar and solar cycles. On Holi, people enjoy by applying colours on each other.

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Holi Dahan 2024 Timing

The special time for Holika Dahan is from 7:19 pm to 9:38 pm. During this time, people pray to the fire god for their family’s well-being. This event also celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Puja on Holi?

On Holi’s first day, a wood pile is burned, symbolizing good’s triumph over evil. The ritual requires items like cotton thread, coconut, colored powder, rice grains, incense, flowers, sugar sweets, turmeric, and water. For the ‘Holika Dahan’ ritual, the cotton thread is wrapped around the wood pile, then it’s sprinkled with water, flowers, and vermilion. Next, items like rosary, roli, rice grains, sugar sweets, turmeric, colored powder, and coconut are used for worship.

Holi History and Importance

Holi, named after the demoness Holika, is a festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. It’s known for the story of Prahlada, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, who was saved from King Hiranyakashipu. The festival also remembers Lord Krishna’s playful act of coloring Radha’s face. Holi, often referred to in historical texts, marks the arrival of spring and the end of winter. It’s a time for unity, forgiveness, and fun, with people singing, dancing, and enjoying special foods. In India, people celebrate by throwing colored powders and water balloons, and eating sweets like gujiya and thandai.