Holika Dahan is a lighting of bonfire takes place during Holi. Usually, it is observed a day prior to Holi festival. Holika Dahan 2013 date is March 26, Tuesday.
The best time to perform Holika Dahan and to celebrate Holikotsav is in the night on 26 March 2013. The exact time for Holika Dahan would be in the midnight — from 11.30 to 12.20 hrs. (till 00.20 AM on 27 March).
The similar ritual in South India is known as Kamadahanam. Holika dahan or Holikotsav or Choti Holi signifies the victory of good over evil. It is mentioned in many Puranas and other Sacred Texts.
In Narada Purana, Holika Dahan is mentioned as the victory of Prahlada over his aunt demon Holika. As per Bhavishya Purana, a demon called Dhundhi was killed by a group of children whom he suffered a lot. Hence, the festival of Holi is very much associated with children.
Holika Dahan 2012 date was 7 March, Wednesday.
The best time to perform Holika Dahan and to celebrate Holikotsav is in the night on 7 March 2012. The exact time for Holika Dahan would be after 10.51 hrs (22.51 IST) in the night. Holi pujan time is between 7.01 PM and 8.31 PM on March 7, 2012.