Happy Holi 2022: Quotes, Importance, Mahurat and Puja timings

The Holi Celebration (or Festival of Colors) is a unique cultural and religious event that entails much more than flinging colored powder into the air. It is a festival of love and unity mainly celebrated in India.

Importance of Holi

Holi is also a harvest celebration that symbolizes the onset of spring and the closure of the winter season. Holi festivities proceed on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day) in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna. It is a two-day ritual that begins with Holika Dahan in the evening and ends with vibrant Holi celebrations the following morning.

 

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The narrative behind Holi Festival

The narrative of Hiranyakashipu is central to Hinduism’s belief in good triumphing over evil. He was a legendary king who was proclaimed invincible and desired to be recognized as a god. However, his son Prahlad was strongly dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, and Hiranyakashipu was enraged that his son valued this god above him.

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One day he decided to kill Prahlad out of arrogance. But, as he was granted a boon that no man/animal/God can kill him, the tale goes, Lord Vishnu emerged as a half-lion, half-man (Narasimha) and defeated Hiranyakashipu and saved Prahlad. In this way, good triumphed over evil.

The narrative of Radha and Krishna is also linked to the Holi Festival. Many consider Krishna to be the ultimate god since he is the eighth reincarnation of the Hindu deity Vishnu.

Krishna is believed to have blue skin because, according to tradition, he drank poisoned milk from a devil as a newborn. Krishna fell in love with the divinity Radha but was afraid she would abandon him because of his blue body; however, Radha allowed Krishna to paint her skin with color, allowing them to become a genuine couple. On Holi, people smear each other’s faces in honor of Lord Krishna and Radha.

 

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Muhurat of Holi this year in India

This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 17 and 18, with the Holika Dahan on March 17, followed by the splashing of colors, known as Gulal, on everyone’s faces to symbolize the fantastic festival of colors. Holika Dahan will start between 09:03 PM and 10:13 PM.

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Holika Dahan Puja: 09:03 PM to 10:13 PM on March 17, 2022

Purnima tithi starts: 01:29 PM on March 17, 2022

Purnima tithi ends: 12:47 PM on March 18, 2022