Is the Holi 2024 on March 24 or March 25? Know date, significance, timing, history and more

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 16, 2024 IST

Holi stands out as one of Hinduism's most cherished festivals, observed with unmatched fervor and merriment across India. Known as the Festival of Colors, it also goes by the names 'Dol Jatra' or 'Basanta Utsav' in West Bengal, Assam, and Tripura. Traditionally, it falls in late February or early March in the Gregorian calendar, heralding the arrival of spring and the farewell to winter, coinciding with the full moon or Purnima in the Hindu month of Phalguna. It's a time for people to unite, setting aside differences to revel in life's vibrant moments.


As anticipation builds for Holi 2024, let's delve into its date, customs, and significance. Will it be celebrated on March 24 or March 25 this year? Let's find out.


Holi 2024 Date and Time:

According to the Hindu calendar, Holi graces us every year on the full moon day of the Falgun month. In 2024, this momentous festival will be observed on Monday, March 25, 2024. Preceding Holi is Holika Dahan or Choti Holi, celebrated on Sunday, March 24. As per Drik Panchang, here are the auspicious timings:


Purnima Tithi Begins: 09:54 AM on March 24, 2024

Purnima Tithi Ends: 12:29 PM on March 25, 2024

Holi 2024 History:

Holi's roots lie deep in Hindu mythology, particularly in the tale of Hiranyakashipu and Prahlad. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu rescued his steadfast devotee, Prahlad, from the wicked schemes of his father, Hiranyakashyap. Holika, Hiranyakashyap's sister, possessed a boon rendering her fireproof. She sought to exploit this by sitting in a blazing fire with Prahlad on her lap, intending his demise.

To everyone's astonishment, the fire spared Prahlad while engulfing Holika, symbolizing the victory of good over evil, celebrated on Holika Dahan, the first day of Holi. In places like Mathura and Vrindavan, Holi also commemorates the divine love between Lord Krishna and Radha.


Significance of Holi:

For Hindus, Holi holds profound religious significance, ranking among the religion's paramount events. Spanning two consecutive days, it begins with Choti Holi, followed by Dulhendi, also known as Badi Holi or Rangwali Holi. On Choti Holi's eve, Holika Dahan, a symbolic bonfire, is ceremonially ignited.

People gather around bonfires, paying homage to Holika by circumambulating it seven times. Dulhendi Day witnesses the exchange of water and colors as tokens of joy. Visiting each other's homes, smearing gulaal (bright colors) on faces, sharing snacks and sweets, and reveling in music and merrymaking characterize this vibrant festival, enjoyed in the company of loved ones.

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