Holi 2024: The Festival of Colors

Holi is a vibrant and colorful festival celebrated across India and many parts of the world. It’s often called the festival of colors and celebrates the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring. In this article we explore the celebration date, significance and the story behind it.

It is celebrated every year most commonly in the month of March. The festival goes on for 2 days starting with Holika Dahan. During Holika Dahan a bonfire is lit to symbolize the victory of good over evil. The following day is also known as Rangwali Holi and during this time people come together and play with colored powder and water guns.

Holi 2024 Date 

In 2024 it will be celebrated on Monday, March 25th based on the Hindu Lunar calendar. Essentially, this festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) of the Hindu month of Phalguna which usually is February or March. 

Due to this reason the exact date of the festival of colors can be different every year depending on the lunar calendar and the position of the moon.

people with colored powder applied on them celebrating holi

The Story Behind Holi

There are various different legends behind the celebration of this festival like the story of Prahlad and Holika. One of the legends is of Radha and Krishna. It’s believed that Krishna was very self conscious about this dark blue color and asked his mother Yashoda for advice. 

She suggested him to color Radha in whatever color he liked. So Krishna playfully colored Radha in the same color as his and shared his feelings with her. Since then playing with colors has been a ritual.

Holi Significance

The festival of colors is all about spreading joy, love and colors. It brings the community together to celebrate its rituals and traditions. Here are some of the reasons that make it an important festival:

  • Celebration of spring: This festival marks the end of winter season and the beginning of spring. Symbolizing a season of new beginnings, warmth and blossoming flowers.
  • Victory of good over evil: One of the legends behind it is the story of Prahlad and how his unwavering faith protected him. Teaching us that unwavering faith and devotion is above all.
  • Festival of Colors: One of the best things is playing with colors. People throw colored powder and water balloons at eachother making the event colorful and fun. It’s kind of like the Tomatina festival in Spain minus the tomatoes.
  • Sense of unity: This festival like others bring people from every ethnicity and background together. Giving rise to a sense of unity within communities. 
  • Traditions: Traditions such as lighting bonfires, singing, dancing and sharing sweets are a part of the festival. Making it more enjoyable and fun.

To conclude this festival is a day of fun and traditions. People celebrate together with friends and family the arrival of spring, victory of good over evil and grow bonds. It is colorful event of happiness and togetherness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: What is the real date of Holi in 2024?

Holi 2024 date is March 25th, Monday as per the Hindu calendar. 

Q2: What are the 2 days of Holi?

The first day is known as holika dahan or choti holi which takes place on the night before the main festival. Additionally the second day is Rangwali holi and is celebrated with colors and water.

Q3: In which year Holi will be on 10 March?

Up until the year 2029 it will not fall on 10th March. The last time it did fall on this date was in 2020.

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