The festival of colours is all set to begin and make our year full of colours. Holi is celebrated all over India with great excitement and fun. Holi is a festival of good over evil and it is considered one of the most fun-loving festivals in India with songs, colours, water, and a lot of delicious cuisines.
Do you know where is the best Holi celebrated in India? Yes! You guess it right it’s the Braj area also known as Brijdham in Uttar Pradesh which includes, Mathura, Vrindavan, Barsana, Gokul, Nandgaon, and Govardhan.
Throughout India, Holi is celebrated for 2 days, day 1 as “Holika Dahan” and Day 2 as “Rang”. But, in the above-mentioned destination, Holi is being celebrated for a week and preparation there is marvellous as the region is the birthplace of Lord Shree Krishna and places related to his life.
Holi occurs on the Phalguna Purnima meaning Full Moon, which occurs in February or March according to the Hindu calendar. Hence, Purnima tithi begins at 04:17 PM on 6th March and ends at 06:09 PM on 7th March 2023.
Following that this year Holika Dahan is on 7th March 2023 after that people will celebrate Holi with colours and flowers on the 8th of March.
Holi Significance and History:
Holi is primarily celebrated as a festival of Good over evil. The folklore behind it goes as there was a king named Hiranyakashipu who always wanted to people to worship him and not the great lord Vishnu but Hiranyakashipu son’s born as the greatest worshipper of lord Vishnu as was always Chanting, “Narayan, Narayan” (another name for lord Vishnu).
Hiranyakashipu was always angry and disappointed because of his son Bhakt Prahalad and decide to teach him a lesson and challenge him to call his lord shree Vishnu to save him.
Hiranyakashipu asked his sister Holika to take Prahalad on her lap in sit in the fire as Holika was immune to fire due to her boon. Hiranyakashipu was watching the whole scenario and Holika was dead, but her cloak spread and wrapped Prahlad, protecting him.
Then later, when the cruelty of Hiranyakashipu was beyond everything, then, Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyakashipu in the avatar of Narasimha.
Hence, Holi is celebrated every year to mark the celebration of Good over evil throughout India.
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