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Holi 2019: Dates, History, Significance and More

Holi 2019: Dates, History, Significance and More
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India will celebrate the festival of Holi on 20 and 21 March 2019. The vibrant festival of colours celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Holi is also a time when people from far and wide travel to their hometowns to celebrate the festival of Gujiyaas, bhaang, colours & music with their loved ones.

From dates to history to significance, here is all you need to know about Holi 2019.

When Will Holi 2019 Be Celebrated?

Holi or Dhulandi in 2019 will be celebrated on 21 March.

Holika Dahan or Choti Holi, as it is popularly called in some parts of the country, will be celebrated on 20 March.

Holika Dahan 2019 Timing

  • Timing 2019 – 20:57 to 24:28+ hours
  • Duration – 3 Hour 30 Mins
  • Bhadra Punchha – 17:23 to 18:24 hours
  • Bhadra Mukha – 18:24 to 20:07 hours

Rangwali Holi on 21 March

  • Purnima Tithi Begins -10:44 on 20 March
  • Purnima Tithi Ends – 07:12 on 21 March

Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month Phalguna. The festival is also known to be the harbinger of spring, fertility and vitality.

Why Is Holi Celebrated?

According to mythology, Holi signifies the victory of good over evil and is tied to the story of Prince Prahlad and Holika.

Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu. This enraged his father, a powerful king named Hiranyakashyap, who wanted to be worshipped instead. Incensed by the supposed impertinence of his son, his father conspired to get him killed through fire. It was decided that Prahlad would sit on the lap of Holika – the king’s sister. Holika, who was believed to be a demon, was immune against the flames of fire.

However, to everyone’s surprise, once the pyre was lit, Prahlad started chanting Lord Vishnu’s name and came out unscathed as opposed to Holika who was consumed by the flames.

Since then, Holika Dahan is celebrated across the country wherein people prepare a pyre of wood that is burnt to signify victory of good over evil. There is a myriad of beliefs associated with the festival but the story of Prahlad and Holika remains the most popular among all.

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