In recent times, Holi has taken on a new and deeper meaning. It is now a time for people to come together and celebrate our diversity, reminding us that although we are all different, we are still united by our humanity.
The festive occasion of Holi 2023 symbolises the victory of good over evil. Taking place on the 8th of March 2023, this festival is one of colour and liveliness, encapsulating the numerous facets of life. Consequently, holi is an opportunity to embrace diversity, to acknowledge our similarities and dis-similarities, and to develop ties of tolerance and appreciation.
The festival of Holi is, therefore, an opportunity to build bridges of understanding and respect between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. To assure sure that you can savor the vivid amusement of the festival, don’t overlook to get ready ahead by stocking up on all the colourful powders and water guns. Let the revelry of Holi 2023 begin!
Date, timing, and tithi of the festival
Holi, the festival of colours, will take place this year on March 8, 2023. So start planning your party and stock up on water guns and colourful powders. In today’s society, the Holi 2023 festival serves a new purpose. Now is the time to come together and acknowledge our differences.
The festival serves as a reminder that, despite our differences, humanity brings us all together. It is time to come together, recognise our similarities, and forge bonds of respect and understanding.
Date And Time
Holika Dahan on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Holika Dahan Pooja Timings (Muhurat) is at 9:06 PM – 10:16 PM
Holi on Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Purnima Tithi Begins – 04:17 PM on Mar 06, 2023
Purnima Tithi Ends – 06:09 PM on Mar 07, 2023
History of Holi Festival
Holi is an ancient Indian festival, with references to its celebration dating back to the fourth century CE. It marks the beginning of spring, and commemorates the victory of righteousness over evil. Observed during the Hindu month of Phalguna, many accounts of the festival’s origin are present in ancient Indian literature.
Holi derives from Hindu mythology. Some believe that Holi began as a fertility festival to celebrate the arrival of spring. Others believe it was done to commemorate the triumph of good over evil. Whatever its origins, Holi has become a beloved tradition for Hindus worldwide.
In many cultures, the holiday of Holi is tied to the Hiranyakashipu and Holika mythology. In ancient India, the demon ruler Hiranyakashipu murdered his son Prahlada, a devout follower of Lord Vishnu, with the aid of his sister Holika.
Holika sat on a pyre with him, wearing a cloak that was supposed to shield her from the fire, and tried to burn Prahlada. Holika perished in the flames but Prahlada was shielded by the cloak. Later that evening, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu, and the incident was celebrated as the victory of good over evil. In several regions of India, people burn a sizable fire to commemorate the festival the night before Holi.
Holi is a popular festival that celebrates Radha and Krishna’s love. The tradition includes throwing of colored powder and water. According to legend, Krishna threw these colors to color Radha’s face in order to have the same skin tone. In some parts of India, it celebrates Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva.
The tradition of Ogress Dhundhi is also celebrated during this festival, with children pulling pranks to show their faith and belief in the legend. The festival also marks the passing of Pootana, an ogress who tried to poison the infant Krishna.
Despite being such a vibrant and gay festival, Holi has many other qualities that make it so important for our daily lives. But while they may not be immediately apparent, a deeper examination and a little reflection will reveal that Holi is significant in more aspects than one.
There are numerous reasons—sociocultural, religious, and biological—why we should fervently celebrate the festival and treasure its causes.
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in different ways across India. It is usually linked to the mythological story of Hiranyakashipu, his son Prahlada and Holika, or the love between Radha and Krishna.
In southern India, it marks the death of Pootana, an ogress who tried to poison infant Krishna. Rituals such as Holika Dahan and Ogress Dhundhi are celebrated as symbols of good conquering evil and as a way to ward off evil.
Colorful powder and water are thrown, representing Krishna’s joy in smearing color on Radha and other Gopis. Holi thus celebrates the triumph of good over evil, faith, love and joy.
Holi promotes racial harmony and bolsters the secular foundation of our nation. Since everyone wants to participate in such a vibrant and joyful festival, non-Hindus also celebrate the festival.
Holi falls during a time of year when people are frequently drowsy and lazy. It is normal for the skin to be delayed as it transitions from a cold to a hot environment.
To compensate for the lateness of the body, people sing loudly or even speak loudly. They’re moving quickly, and the music is blasting. All of this promotes systemic renewal in the body.
Furthermore, colours splashed on the skin have a significant effect on it. The liquid dye, known as Abeer, permeates the body and must enter the pores, according to biologists. It also has the effect of increasing the body’s ions and thus improving its health and beauty.
People begin collecting wood for the Holika bonfire, lit at one of the city’s main intersections, days before the festival. This ensures that a substantial amount of wood is gathered for the celebration.
The Holika Dahan Festival
Holika attempted to assassinate Prahlad, Hiranyakashyap’s son and ardent devotee of Lord Narayana. The ritual symbolises a true devotee’s victory and the triumph of good over evil.
Children also call Holika names and play practical jokes on her, as if they were still trying to rid the Commonwealth of Prithu of the troublemaker Dhundhi. Some people bring embers from the fire inside their homes to rekindle their indoor fires.
On the day of Holi festivities, known as Dhuleti, people in North India take pleasure in colourfully pouring pails and buckets of coloured water on each other and spraying with pichkaris. Dancing to the beat of the dholak and singing popular Holi songs from Bollywood also take place.
People eat typical Holi treats like gujiya, mathri, and malpuas. In addition, thandai, a traditional drink infused with bhang, is also served; however, it should be consumed with caution.
In the South, particularly in the pleasure of god Kaamadeva and his love arrow shot to Lord Shiva to break his pause and focus on earthly affairs. People begin to become more reserved later in the day, exchange sweets and visit family and friends. There are also many social and cultural events held to celebrate as one society.
It is said that performing Holika Puja on Holi will assist one in overcoming any fear. Power, wealth, and prosperity are bestowed by Holika Puja.
Holika is thought to have been created to protect against all types of fear. Despite the fact that Holika is a Demoness, Holika Dahan is worshipped before Prahlada and Holika.
In religious texts, Holika Puja is recommended before Holika Dahan. Holika Dahan must be performed at the appropriate time after consulting the Hindu Panchang.
Holika Dahan should be performed correctly because doing so at the wrong time can bring bad luck and suffering. Please visit Holika Dahan Muhurat to determine the correct Holika Dahan time for your city.
1. Pooja Samagri
One bowl of water, Roli, unbroken rice (also known as Akshat in Sanskrit), perfumes like
Agarbatti and Dhoop, flowers, cotton fiber thread, turmeric pieces, unbroken Moong lentils, Batasha, Gulal powder, and coconut are among the Samagri or materials that should be used for Puja. Additionally, the Puja items may contain fully grown grains of recently cultured crops like wheat and gramme.
2. Holika Sthapana
Cow dung and Ganges holy water are used to clean the area where Holika is kept. A made of wood pole is kept in the middle, and all around it, toys made of cow dung, known as Gulari, Bharbholiye, or Badkula, are decorated with beads or garlands.
On top of the pile are Holika and Prahlada idols, which are typically made of cow dung. Shields, swords, the sun, moon, stars, and other plush dolls of cow dung are used to decorate the Holika pile.
The Prahlada idol is removed for Holika Dahan. Before the bonfire, four beads of cow manure are also stored safely.
3. Pooja vidhi
We have provided a list of Sanskrit mantras and explained what each mantra means. If someone cannot chant those Mantras, they can still be chanted in the same spirit in their own language.
- Put every ingredient for the puja on a plate. Puja Thali should be served in a small water pot. Sit down on the Puja site with your back to the North or the East. After that, while chanting the following mantra three times, drizzle some water on the Puja Thali and yourself.
ऊँ पुण्डरीकाक्ष: पुनातु। x 3 Times
Before beginning any auspicious work, recite the aforementioned mantra to Lord Vishnu and ask for his blessing. Additionally, it is done to sanitize the place of worship.
- Next, take Sankalp while holding the water, rice, flower, and cash in your right hand.
ऊँ विष्णु: विष्णु: विष्णु: श्रीमद्भगवतो महापुरुषस्य विष्णोराज्ञया अद्य दिवसे (संवत्सर का नाम लें e.g. विश्वावसु) नाम संवत्सरे संवत् (e.g. 2069) फाल्गुन मासे शुभे शुक्लपक्षे पूर्णिमायां शुभ तिथि (e.g. मंगलवासरे) गौत्र (अपने गौत्र का नाम लें) उत्पन्ना __ (अपने नाम का उच्चारण करें) मम इह जन्मनि जन्मान्तरे वा सर्वपापक्षयपूर्वक दीर्घायुविपुलधनधान्यं शत्रुपराजय मम् दैहिक दैविक भौतिक त्रिविध ताप निवृत्यर्थं सदभीष्टसिद्धयर्थे प्रह्लादनृसिंहहोली इत्यादीनां पूजनमहं करिष्यामि।
By reciting the above chant, one is reciting the current Hindu date, the location of the worship, his family’s last name, his name, the reason for the puja, and the person to whom the puja is offered, ensuring that the worshipper receives all of the benefits of the puja.
- After placing the flower and rice in your right hand, think of Lord Ganesha. The mantra to recite in honour of Lord Ganesha is:
गजाननं भूतगणादिसेवितं कपित्थजम्बूफलचारुभक्षणम्।
उमासुतं शोकविनाशकारकं नमामि विघ्नेश्वरपादपमजम्॥
ऊँ गं गणपतये नम: पंचोपचारार्थे गंधाक्षतपुष्पाणि समर्पयामि।
Apply Roli and rice to a flower and offer it to Lord Ganesha while reciting the aforementioned mantra.
- After honoring Lord Ganesha, think of Goddess Ambika and recite the following mantra. Trying to apply Roli and rice to a flower and giving it to Goddess Ambika while reciting the mantra below.
ऊँ अम्बिकायै नम: पंचोपचारार्थे गंधाक्षतपुष्पाणि सर्मपयामि।
- Chant the following mantra to honor Lord Narasimha at this point. Applying Roli and rice to a flower and offering it to Lord Narasimha while reciting the mantra below.
ऊँ नृसिंहाय नम: पंचोपचारार्थे गंधाक्षतपुष्पाणि समर्पयामि।
- the following mantra while remembering the devotee Prahlada. Applying Roli and rice to a flower and giving it to the devotee Prahlada while reciting the mantra below.
ऊँ नृसिंहाय नम: पंचोपचारार्थे गंधाक्षतपुष्पाणि समर्पयामि।
- Now, while chanting the following mantra, stand in front of Holi with your hands folded and ask for the fulfilment of your wishes.
असृक्पाभयसंत्रस्तै: कृता त्वं होलि बालिशै:
अतस्त्वां पूजयिष्यामि भूते भूतिप्रदा भव:॥
It implies that Holika was made by some stupid, impressionable people who constantly feared blood-sucking demons. I, therefore, worship you and aspire to power, wealth, and prosperity.
- Present Holika with rice, scented items, flowers, coconut, pieces of turmeric, unbreakable Moong lentils, and Bharbholiye (a garland made of dried cow dung, also known as Gulari and Badkula). While circumambulating the Holika, three, five, or seven rounds of raw thread are tied around it. The water pot was then emptied in front of the Holika pile.
- After that, Holika is burned. Typically, Holika is burned at home using the fire from the community bonfire. Following that, all men don the lucky Roli mark and seek the elders’ blessings.
Traditional Food Consumed
Any Indian celebration would be incomplete without delicious food, and Holi offers plenty of mouthwatering dishes, sweets, and beverages to sample.
Chickpeas, potatoes, yogurt, and tamarind chutney are the main ingredients in the popular and delectable street food known as papri chaat. Every possible flavor is present in this quick snack, including sweet, sour, tangy, and spicy. When you’ve had a long day in the sun or just need a quick snack to get you through until dinner, papri chaat is a perfect choice.
On this auspicious occasion, you must have the traditional Holi dessert. This dessert will bring back childhood memories of Holi thanks to its mouthwatering fillings and crispy exterior. Whether baked or fried, you must prepare and serve this dessert to your friends and family.
Every household loves this dish because it is the ideal fusion of curd and spices. This recipe is sure to please when paired with either sweet tamarind or green chutney. Enjoy this delectable treat to revive yourself after a fun-filled morning in the sun.
You can’t miss a flavorful explosion from the delectable Puran Polis. This delicious dish is light, simple to prepare, and delicious. Its sweet and savory flavor, enhanced by adding sugar and chana dal, will entice you and anyone else who tastes it.
You can create your own small Malpua assortment with a great selection of recipes that has something for everyone. Include these delicious pancakes on your Holi menu and watch everyone’s faces light up with joy. They are your ticket to sweet and savory heaven.
Pan-fried bhang( bhang Pakoras )
Although you can add bhang to your beverages, why not try a new formula for this Bhang Pakora? Bhang is the unique mascot herb of Holi. Thanks to the pakora’s crispiness and the bhang’s delicious flavor, it will undoubtedly stand out among your dishes. It cooks in just 20 minutes using basic ingredients like baking powder, onions, spices, and bhang.
Rasmalai and Holi are both essential components of every Indian festival. The pinnacle of sweet goodness is this dessert, a creamy delight with mouthwatering chenna. You can customize the treat by adding saffron strands or fruit essence, and this fragrant sweet dish will look lovely on your dessert table.
The Best Places To Celebrate Holi In India In 2023
Holi, the festival of colours, is an eagerly anticipated event across India. Choosing the best destination to celebrate can be difficult, so to make it easier, here is a list of the top locations to spend Holi 2023.
Mathura, in Uttar Pradesh, is a popular spot as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit and devotional songs are sung. Temples are adorned with vibrant decorations and the processions that start at Vishram Ghat and end near Holi Gate are widely attended.
Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan is also a hub of Holi festivities, with Phoolon ki Holi and Widows Holi among the events.
Udaipur in Rajasthan is another great choice, where the Maharaja and his family join in the celebrations. A bonfire is lit, traditional dance is performed, and a fireworks display marks the end of the day.
Lastly, Hampi in Karnataka is an exciting and unique destination for Holi 2023. Revelers join in a bonfire, followed by a colourful parade and a dip in River Tungabhadra.
- Why are colors used during Holi?
Holi heralds the arrival of Spring. The hallmark of this festival is the flinging of colors at one another. The Festival of Colors is a common name for it as a result. In mythology, Holi is linked to the story of the demon King Hiranyakashyap, his sister Holika, his son Prahlad, and other characters.
- What purpose does Holi serve?
A culturally significant Hindu tradition on the Indian subcontinent is the Holi festival. It is a joyful day to put an end to mistakes made in the past, to settle differences with others, and to ignore and forgive. People deal with others differently and pay off or forgive debts.
- Who is the Holi God?
Holi also honors the myth of Holika and Prahlad, as well as the Hindu god Krishna.
- What sort of ceremony is Holi?
One of the most important Hindu festivals is this one. Holi also called the “festival of colors,” represents the victory of good over evil. Today is a day for reconciliation with everyone in our immediate vicinity. Holi ushers in spring and the end of winter while also serving as a harvest festival.
- What is Holi’s official name?
As a result, Holi gets its name from Holika, and every year to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, people still act out the scene of “Holika’s burning to ashes.”
- What variety of Holi is celebrated in India?
Holi festivities, ah! The mere mention of the festival makes me feel psychedelic. A festival that ushers in the springtime are as kaleidoscopic as the colors that bloom everywhere.