Holi 2023 | Do you know How India Celebrates The Festival Of Colours

Holi 2023 | Do you know How India Celebrates The Festival Of Colours

Updated on March 09, 2023 11:00 AM by Andrew Koschiev

Holi is the Hindu festival of colours, which is usually celebrated between February and March in the month of Phalgun. Children and adults play with colours, water, flowers, and more during this day and seek the blessings of their elders as they smear gulal on each other. In addition to visiting their friends and relatives, people enjoy Holi delicacies like gujiya, thandai, and many others. The Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated in India on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, while Holika Dahan is celebrated on Tuesday night, March 7, 2023.

When is Holi 2023 in India

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Holi will take place on March 7 and March 8, 2023. The main celebrations of the throwing of colours will occur on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, followed by the ritual bonfire of Holika Dahan on Wednesday, March 7. As per the Hindu calendar, today marks the start of spring. Holi celebrations occur on the full moon day of Phalguna (March).

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What is the duration of Holi celebrations

A whole Holi celebration lasts for two days, starting with Holika Dahan, also known as Chhoti Holi or Little Holi, a bonfire festival, followed by the throwing of colours on Day 2. The Holi festival celebrations were extended several days before the festival, which meant people were celebrating in full force four days before the festival, surrounded by music and dancing.

Different state celebrations of Holi

Here are some ways people celebrate Holi across the country, as Holi is just around the corner:

  • Punjab (Holla Mohalla) - On this day, Adenpur Sahib, in Punjab, holds a three-day Sikh festival called Holla Mohalla, which includes mock battles and music and poetry competitions.
  •  Uttarakhand (Kumaoni Holi) - This festival is more about music than colours and is celebrated in the Kumaon region of the state.
  • Uttar Pradesh (Lathmar Holi) - The Lathmar Holi festival is celebrated in Barsana, Mathura, and Vrindavan, with women playing with lathis and men defending themselves with dhals.
  • Udaipur (Royal Holi) - In Udaipur, the royal family of Mewar organizes the Royal Holi celebration, during which decorated horses and bands participate in a procession. It is traditional to burn Holika's effigy on a bonfire.
  • Goa (Shigmo) - This carnival occurs yearly, and people dance and play with colour in the streets.
  • Maharashtra (Rang Panchami) - The festival in Maharashtra is inaugurated with the lighting of a firewood pyre symbolic of good triumphing over evil. The following day, people play with colours and water.
  • Kerala (Manjal Kuli) - Holi is celebrated differently in the South than in other states. In the South, Manjal Kuli is a festival involving the Kudumbi and Konkani communities. The festival occurs in temples where locals sing folk songs and paint with turmeric-based watercolours.

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