Holi 2022

Holi 2022: History and Significance of the Festival of Colours

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Holi 2022: Holi is one of the most important Hindu religious celebrations. Holi, also known as the festival of colours, is celebrated with tremendous fervour and excitement throughout the country. The two-day event begins with Holika Dahan on the full moon day of the Hindu calendar’s Phalgun month. The next day, as part of the Holi festival’s primary celebration, people play with colours. For the previous two years, the Covid-19 epidemic has had a negative impact on Holi celebrations. However, now that the situation has been stabilised, the fervour for Holi festivities is expected to return.

Date and Time of Holi 2022
This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 18. Purnima tithi celebrations will begin at 1:29 PM on March 17 and will conclude at 12:47 PM on March 18.

History

Holi commemorates the triumph of virtue over evil and has a number of origin legends. According to the most popular Hindu mythology legend, the festival commemorates Lord Vishnu’s victory against King Hiranyakashyapu, who slaughtered anybody who defied him or worshipped other gods.

The king had a son named Prahlad who never worshipped his father and instead worshipped Vishnu. Hiranyakashyapu was so angry that he plotted with his sister Holika to murder his son. Hiranya Kashyap insisted that his sister Holika, who was immune to fire, sit on fire with Prahlad.

The fire could not damage Prahlad while Holika sat beside him, but it did devour Holika. Lord Vishnu then killed Hirana Kashyap.

Significance

Aside from portraying the glorious victory of virtue over evil, Holi also heralds the start of the spring crop season and the end of winter in India.

Holi is celebrated in a variety of ways and forms around the country. Women beat males with sticks at one of the most famous Holi celebrations, Lathmar Holi in Uttar Pradesh’s Barsana. The men defend themselves with a round shield.

Lathmar Holi is celebrated in places such as Vrindavan, Gokul, and Mathura. Another popular Holi celebration technique is Dhuleti, which is performed by men and young boys who create a human pyramid to smash a pot of buttermilk placed at a substantial height from the ground. Gujarat is well-known for this type of festivity.