Holi, the festival of colours is celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervor in India. Holi 2012 date is 7 & 8 March 2012, Thursday. Holi is celebrated for seven to ten days in many holy places in North India. Holi is also known as Holi Dhuleti, Dhulandi Holi, Holika, Lathmar Holi, Rang Panchami, Phagu, Dol Yatra, Basantotsav, etc. Holi festival marks the onset of the Vasant rithu or spring season.
Holi festival is celebrated on Full Moon day in Phlagun month, Falgun Purnima. In Mathura, Barsana, and Vrindavan, Holi is celebrated for ten days. It starts with Laddoo Holi and Lathmar Holi in Barsana and continues until Rang Panchami. Holika Dahan or Kama Dahanam, also known as Choti Holi, is celebrated a day prior to Holi. It marks the burning of evil (Lord Kama).