Holi, also known as Holika, is an ages old Hindu festival. Ancient hindu scriptures, ‘Purvamimamsa-Sutras’ and ‘Kathaka-Grhya-Sutras’ written by Jaimini explained the history, legend, stories and significance of Holi festival. It is said that Holi was celebrated by Aryans in early civilization of India (people of Harappa and Mohenzodaro civilizations).
In 2017, Holi date is March 12 & 13.
March 12, 2017 – Holika Dahan
March 13, 2017 – Dhulendi, Vasantotsav
It is believed that this festival of colours was celebrated even hundreds of years before Jesus Christ. The name of the festival has been changed over the years.
When is Holi Celebrated?
Holi is celebrated on the Full Moon day in the hindu lunar month Phalgun (Phalguna Purnima). Phalguna Poornima was considered as the last day of the year, and concludes the old year hence the next day refers the New Year day. Holi is also called as Vasanta Mahotsav or Vasanthotsav.
On the previous day of Holi, a ritual called ‘Kamadahanam (bonfire) is performed so Holi is also called as Kama-Mahotsav. Holi is celebrated for two days – first day is Kamadahanam and the second day is original Holi day. Holika Dahan or Kama Dahan is performed – efigee of demon Holika is burned. It is also called as Holikotsav.