Phagu Dasami is the first day of Dolyatra festival in Orissa. It is observed on Phalgun Shukla Dashami, the tenth day in bright half of Falgun month. Phagu Dasami 2013 date is March 22.
On this day, idols or images of Radha and Lord Krishna are placed on a swing as part of Basantotsav. It also marks the beginning of 5-day Holi festival in Orissa.
The major highlight of Phagu Dasami festival and Dolyatra is the smearing Lord Krishna and Radha idols with gulal and abhir. On Phagu Purnima or Phalgun Purnima, Holi festival is celebrated. The day after Holi festival is celebrated as Vasantotsav in some places of Orissa and Bengal.
Phagu Dasami 2012 date is March 3, 2012.