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Holi - The Festival of Colors

Holi - The Festival of Colors

The Celebration of Holi

According to the Hindu calendar, Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the month of Phalgun. It falls in the month of February-March according to the English calendar. Holi indicates the end of the winter season. On this festival, people apply colors to each other and share happiness.

Holi is being celebrated on 9 March 2020 and will conclude on 10 March. The auspicious time to celebrate Holi is on March 9, 2020 from 18:22 to 20:49; while Dhulandi will be celebrated on 10 March.

The Auspicious Holi Muharat

  • Holika Dahan - 9 March, 2020 - Muhurta- 18:22 to 20:49

Why is Holi Celebrated? - History of Holi

Hiranyakashipu was a king in ancient India who lived his life like a demon. He used to worship himself every day to celebrate his power. One day his regular worship got him a boon. He wanted to avenge the death of his younger brother, who was killed by Lord Vishnu. After getting the boon, Hiranyakashyap started thinking of himself as God and asked people to worship him like a God. Hiranyakashyap had a son named Prahlada who was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu.

Prahlada never obeyed his father and continued to worship Lord Vishnu. Angered by this, Hiranyakaship decided to kill his own son. He told his sister Holika to take Prahlada in her lap and sit in the fire. Holika was immune to the fire and will not get burn in it. Holika, sister of Hiranyakashipu sat in the fire with Prahlada. The king’s plan could not succeed because Prahlada kept taking the name of Lord Vishnu all the time and survived the fire. But Holika burnt to ashes. After this, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashyap. Hence, the festival of holi is also an epitome of victory of good over evil.

Holi is also reminiscent of the love and romance that existed between Lord Krishna and Radha. There are many stories that tell about the various 'Ras-Leelas' that took place in the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan between Krishna and Radha during Holi. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva destroyed Kamdev, the god of love.

Dhulandi will be observed on March 10, 2020.

Holika Dahan is done on the last day of Phalgun month i.e. Poornima and Holi is played with colors on the second day. This time the festival of Holi (Dhulandi) is on Tuesday, March 10.

How to Worship on Holi? – Traditions of Holi

For the worship of Holi, collect roli, raw cotton, rice, flowers, turmeric, betel leaves, and keep all the pooja items in a plate. Also keep a pitcher of water. After this, perform a mantra or worship by reaching the place of where Holika dahan will be observed.

First of all take the pledge by taking your name, father's name, gotra's name and meditate on Lord Ganesha. After that, devotees take the name of Prahlada and offer flowers. Now worship Panchopchar by meditating on Lord Narasimha.

Stand in front of Holi and join both your hands and pray for all the wishes to be granted, then offer turmeric quince with the, syrup and flower. Take raw cotton in hand and wrap it around Holika to do circumambulation.

Lucky Colors for the Zodiac Signs

  • Aries: The people of Aries zodiac are very enthusiastic in nature. Therefore people of this zodiac should play Holi in pink or yellow color. Actually, by doing this, the life will flow with energy and enthusiasm as well as happiness will increase manifold.

  • Taurus: Taurus born individuals should play Holi with yellow, sky and light blue colors on the occasion of Holi. Actually this color brings peace and harmony in the life of Taurus born. This can help you to control anger and get rid of debt.

  • Gemini: Gemini born people should use green on the day of Holi. If people of this zodiac will play Holi with green color, it will bring excitement and prosperity in their life. Along with this, there will be achievements in jobs and business.

  • Cancer: Cancer born individuals should never use dark colors on Holi day. People of this zodiac will get benefit in life by using light blue, light green, saffron or white color while playing Holi.

  • Leo: Sun highly influence the Leo zodiac sign. In such a situation, people of this zodiac should play Holi with red, yellow and orange colors. Use of these colors will be very auspicious for the native born under leo as well as have positive impact on them.

  • Virgo: Green color is considered the safest for the natives of Virgo. It is believed that if the people of this zodiac use green color while playing Holi, then it increases the joy of celebration and will be very auspicious for them.

  • Libra: The people born under Libra should wear or use purple, blue, brown and white on the day of Holi. This color is said to be auspicious for the people of Libra zodiac sign.

  • Scorpio: Red and maroon colors are considered the most auspicious for the Scorpio zodiac. In such a situation, if the people of this zodiac use these colors on the day of Holi, then they can avoid many problems in their life.

  • Sagittarius: Yellow and orange colors are considered the best for Sagittarius people. Actually in Hinduism, yellow color is also considered as the most loved color of the gods. So, people of this zodiac will have auspicious use of these colors on Holi.

  • Capricorn: Light blue color is very auspicious for the people born under Capricorn zodiac sign. In such a situation, the use of these colors on Holi gives positive energy to the people of this zodiac.

  • Aquarius: The Aquarius born is considered very enthusiastic by nature. In such a situation, if the people of Aquarius use dark blue and brown color on Holi, then it will be best for them because both these colors bring peace and peace in your life.

  • Pisces: The planet Jupiter highly influence the people born under Pisces Zodiac sign. Therefore, yellow color is auspicious for the people of this zodiac. On the day of Holi, the people of Pisces should stay away from black color.

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