Festival of colors – Holi, is celebrate across the country to welcome a full moon day in a spring of Falgun season. It is also one of the most favorite and an important festival among all festival in a year. While India is all set to celebrate the festival of colors on March 13, people are preparing for Holika Dahan as well which is celebrated a day prior to Holi that is on March 12. While on the day of Holi we play with colors, on Holika Dahan a bonfire is lit to symbolize that truth prevails over evil.
Holika Dahan is also known as Chhoti Holi, marks the victory of Prahlad who walked out of fire unhurt without a scratch whereas Holika died in the same fire. Holika had a boon which protected her from getting burnt and so as to kill Prahlad, she sat with him on her lap in a bonfire but to everyone’s astonishment, as she got burnt alive but Prahlad emerged unhurt. The story as a whole is the testament to the power of devotion over the evil represented by King Hiranyakashyapu, as Prahlad never lost his faith. Holi, like every other festival, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and every year Hindus celebrate Holika Dahan to commemorate this event.
This year the date for Holika Dahan is March 12, whereas the timing of Holika Dahan 2017 is 06:32 pm to 08:50 pm. People burn 5 ‘Upali’ in the Holika Dahan fire as it depicts the belief of burning their all problems. There is also a belief of burning the waste of massage by the ‘Sarson Ubtan’ in the Holika fire to burn every kind of body problems and get blessed by the Holika Mata with good health. People sing and dance around the fire and also perform parikrama of fire.
It is a day of victory over evil and happiness over grief. Let this Holi, bring in all happiness and health in your life as well as the people you love and belong to.