Dhulandi 2021 Date in India Calendar: Holi 2021 Festival of colors
Holi – the festival of colors – also known as the spring festival, falls on Pratipada during the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of Chaitra month according to the Hindu calendar. If Pratipada is falling for two days, the first day is considered as the day of Dhulandi (Vasantotsav or Holi). Holi is also celebrated as the arrival of spring, taking inspiration from colors. This festival is also popularly known as Dhulandi in the state of Haryana.
Dhulandi 2021 Date in India Calendar
The description of Holi can be found from ancient times. The 16th-century caricature of this festival was found in Hampi, the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Similarly, a 300 BCE inscription describing Holi was found at Ramgarh near the Vindhya hills.
Legends of Holi GIF
There are different legends behind the festival of Holi like the story of Hiranyakashyap-Prahlad, the story of Radha-Krishna and the story of ogres (female demons).
2021 falls on the full moon (full moon day) of the month Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated with proper bonfire a day before Holi. It commemorates Holika’s murder – Hiranyakashyap’s sister. Holika is the symbol of fire in which Holika (Hiranyakashipu’s sister) burnt herself while trying to kill Prahlada.
Rangwali Holi is also celebrated to commemorate the immortal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. Once Krishna asked Yashoda why he is not as fair as Radha. Yashoda jokingly suggested Krishna to apply color on Radha’s face as it would darken her complexion. Lord Krishna then played with Radha and the Gopis in different colors. Since then, this day has been celebrated as a festival of colors.
The legend of Ogres (female demon) Dhundhi says that he fled due to the curse of Lord Shiva by the people of Prathu.
Holi festival in different parts of India
The festival is celebrated grandly in the Braj region, where Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha played their lila (divine play). Lathmar Holi of Barsana is very famous in Braj. In the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh, Rangpanchami is celebrated after the 5th day of Holi. It is celebrated with more enthusiasm than Holi. On Rang Panchami, people play with dry colors in some parts of Maharashtra.
This festival of colors signifies unity, and love irrespective of caste, class or gender. Wish you a very Happy Holi!