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Holi 2024 Date & Time, Holika Dahan Shubh Muhurat & Importance

Published Date: 09-Dec-2022

Celebrated in March every year, Holi is among the biggest Hindu festivals of all time. This festival of colours has a twofold significance: firstly, it marks an important mythical event, and secondly, it signals the end of winter and the arrival of spring. Falling on the Purnima (full-moon night) of the Phalguna month and the day after, this two-day festival will fall on 25th March 2024 as per the Gregorian calendar. The night before is celebrated as Holika Dahan and the next morning as Dhulendi. Holi 2024 is a public holiday in India. All the banks, government offices, and schools will be closed on this day.

Check the Holi 2024 date, Muhurat, history, significance, celebrations, places to observe, and Holi wishes.

Holi 2024 Date and Time Information

Check here when is Holi 2024 Celebrated in India, 24th or 25th of March with time. 

  • Holi Dahan: 24 March, Sunday (7:19 PM to 09:38 PM)
  • Holi Dhulendi: 25 March, Monday
  • Purnima Tithi Muhurat starts at 9:55 AM on 24th March
  • Purnima Tithi Muhurat ends at 12:30 PM on 25th March

Holi Festival History and Significance

Holika Dahan | Holi Festival 2020

Holika Dahan | Holi Festival 2024

As per the Puranas, the story of Holi background predates even the Ramayana and Mahabharata. In Satyuga (one of the four eras in Hindu cosmology), there was a mighty demon, Hiranyakashipu. His son, Prahlad, was an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu, which greatly angered the demon king. He thought of several ways to kill his son, all of which failed. One of the ways was to have his sister, Holika, sit with Prahlad in a fire as she had a magical cloak which made her impervious to the burning flames.

However, when they sat in the fire, Lord Vishnu intervened by making the fire burn Holika, sparing Prahlad. The next morning, the locals indulged in revelry as they had finally gotten rid of the demoness. This is why we celebrate Holi to mark the victory of good over evil.

Another legend states that Lord Krishna was in love with Radha but feared that she wouldn’t accept him as she was fair and he was dark. On advice from his mother, Yashoda, he speared Radha’s face with coloured powder, which marked the beginning of their relationship.

Holi Festival Celebrations across India

Holi Festival Celebrations across India | Holi  2020

Holi Festival Celebrations across India | Holi 2024

The night before the festival of colours, huge piles of wood are set afire, symbolising the burning of Holika and singing Holi songs around the fire. Thereafter, in the morning, people of all ages put coloured powder, throw coloured water by Holi Pichkari and even water balloons on each other. Revellers roam around their colony in groups, locally known as tolis, celebrating the festival of Holi with great fervour.. Special sweets, including the iconic Gujiyas, are prepared in almost every Hindu household. Another traditional Holi preparation is a drink, called Thandai, which is infused with bhaang. In major cities like Delhi and Mumbai, parties are organised at large farmhouses, luxury hotels and resorts.

In Uttarakhand, especially the Kumaon region, Holi takes on a rather unique form as people start assembling in each other’s houses several months in advance, singing songs with the music of harmonium and tabla.

For an even more different face of Holi, visit Goa because the festival is celebrated here as Shigmotsav. During it, Konkani Hindus from villages come out in their most vibrant attire and flags and dance and make merry in temple courtyards. It also marks the time of abstinence from intoxicants and meat, much like Lent. The 9-day festivities culminate with the parading of colourful floats or tableaux.

However, the grandest and most famous Holi celebrations are held in the Braj region, comprising Mathura and Vrindavan Holi. In the iconic Lathmar Holi of Barsana, women chase men with sticks, symbolising an event that happened with Krishna and his Gopis. Another noteworthy event is the Holi celebrated by widows, who have been marginalised in the religion; thus, becoming a symbol of women’s empowerment in recent times.

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Best Places to Observe the Celebrations of Holi in 2024

Holi, also known as the ‘festival of colours’, is one of the major celebrations in India. The best places to see Holi celebrations in India are Mathura, Barsana and Vrindavan. All the places have their traditions and ways of celebrating the Holi festival which are interestingly very different from each other. It depends on what interests you, for instance, Barsana has the Lathmaar Holi while Vrindavan celebrates Radha Krishna Holi with flowers.

Holi 2024 Wishes

Here are some famous happy Holi wishes for 2024:

  • Let the beautiful Holi colours spread the message of positivity. Happy Holi to you and your family.
  • May this Holi bring an abundance of happiness to your life. Wishing you and your family a happy Holi. Sending you happy Holi wishes.
  • On this happy occasion of Holi, may your life be filled with the colours of happiness. Happy Holi 2024.
  • Holi is the day to express love with colours and shower your love on your loved ones. Sending you and your family colourful and happy Holi greetings.

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Other Festivals in India with Holiday Type

Festivals in India Day Date Holiday Type
New Year’s Day Mon 01-Jan Restricted Holiday
Lohri Sat 13-Jan Restricted Holiday
Makar Sankranti Sun 14-Jan Restricted Holiday
Pongal Mon 15-Jan Restricted Holiday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Wed 17-Jan Restricted Holiday
Republic Day Fri 26-Jan Gazetted Holiday
Losar Sat 10-Feb Restricted Holiday
Basant Panchmi Wed 14-Feb Restricted Holiday
Guru Ravidas Jayanti Sat 24-Feb Gazetted Holiday
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti Wed 6-Mar Restricted Holiday
Mahashivratri Fri 8-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Holi Mon 25-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Good Friday Fri 29-Mar Gazetted Holiday
Easter Day Sun 31-Mar Restricted Holiday
Gudi Padwa Tue 9-Apr Restricted Holiday
Eid-ul-Fitr Wed 10-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Vaisakhi (Vishu) Sat 13-Apr Restricted Holiday
Rama Navami Wed 17-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Mahavir Jayanti Sun 21-Apr Gazetted Holiday
Rabindra Jayanti Wed 8-May Restricted Holiday
Buddha Purnima (Vesak) Thu 23-May Gazetted Holiday
Id-ul-Zuha (Bakrid) Mon 17-Jun Restricted Holiday
Rath Yatra Sun 7-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Muharram (Ashura) Wed 17-Jul Gazetted Holiday
Independence Day Thu 15-Aug Gazetted Holiday
Parsi New Year’s Day (Nauraz) Thu 15-Aug Public Holiday
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Mon 19-Aug Restricted Holiday
Janmashtami Mon 26-Aug Restricted Holiday
Ganesh Chaturthi Sat 7-Sep Restricted Holiday
Onam Sun 15-Sep Restricted Holiday
Milad-un-Nabi or Id-e- Milad Mon 16-Sep Gazetted Holiday
Gandhi Jayanti Wed 02-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dussehra Sat 12-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Valmiki Jayanti Thu 17-Oct Restricted Holiday
Karva Chauth Sun 20-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Dhanteras Tue 29-Oct Restricted Holiday
Diwali Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Kali Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Lakshmi Puja Thu 31-Oct Gazetted Holiday
Halloween Day Thu 31-Oct No Holiday
Karnataka Rajyotsava Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Kerala Piravi Fri 1-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Govardhan Puja Sat 2-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Bhai Dooj Sun 3-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Chhath Puja Thu 7-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Fri 15-Nov Gazetted Holiday
Christmas Wed 25-Dec Public Holiday

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Q. Which religion is Holi from?

A. According to the Holika Dahan story, Holi belongs to the Hindu religion.

Q. Is the Holi Festival 2024 a big holiday?

A. Holi is a public holiday and a major festival in India. Holi date 2024 is 25th March, Monday.

Q. What is the next festival after Holi 2024?

A. Chaitra Navratri is the next festival after Holi in 2024.

Q. Is Holi celebrated on Purnima?

A. Holika Dahan’s time of celebration is determined by the Hindu calendar on the night of Purnima.

Q. In which state Holi is popular?

A. Holi is celebrated across India, Uttar Pradesh is one of the popular states to witness the celebration. The celebrations include colours, holi rangoli, and holi special sweets.

Q. When is the Holi 2024 date in Maharashtra?

A. Holi 2024 date in Maharashtra is 25th March 2024.

Sargun Preet Kaur
Sargun has an appetite for challenges and creative hurdles that can help her grow as she conquers them one by one. With an innate desire to travel the world, she weaves through life by visiting her dream destinations. When not in her creative zone, Sargun loves to smash in badminton and binge-watch her favourite shows.
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