Doljatra around the world in 2025

Doljatra around the world in 2025
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  Dates of Doljatra around the world
2025 IndiaMar 13, Mar 14
West Bengal Fri, Mar 14Regional Holiday
Assam Thu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
2024 IndiaMar 25
Assam Mon, Mar 25Regional Holiday
Punjab Mon, Mar 25Regional Holiday
West Bengal Mon, Mar 25Regional Holiday
2023 IndiaMar 7
Assam Tue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
West Bengal Tue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
2022 IndiaMar 18
Odisha Fri, Mar 18Regional Holiday
West Bengal Fri, Mar 18Regional Holiday
2021 IndiaMar 28
West Bengal Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday

Doljatra is the last festival of the Bengali year and celebrates the love between Krishna and Radha

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Doljatra, also known as Dolyatra is a regional public holiday in the Indian state of West Bengal. It may also be known as Dol Purnima in Assam and Odisha.

It is celebrated on the same day as Holi, the last full moon in the Hindu calendar, and also has the moniker 'Festival of Colours'.

It differs from Holi in that it is the last festival of the Bengali Year and is based on a different legend to that of Holi.

Traditions of Doljatra

Doljatra is based on the legend of Krishna and Radha in which Lord Krishna expressed his love to his beloved Radha on the day of Doljatra.

Like Holi, coloured powder is a key part of festivities, and is known as 'phag' in Bengal. The application of phag starts with a degree of reverence as the powder is applied to pictures of deceased family members, then on the feet of elders as a mark of respect. From then on, it is open season, with everyone up for being given a 'mark of respect' - basically to get covered in phag.

The festival is also known as the 'swing festival' as idols of both Krishna and Radha are paraded on highly decorated palanquins (a type of open sedan chair), which are swung around. Women will sing songs while the men spray coloured powder at the idols.

Doljatra also has an added significance for Bengalis, as it marks the birthday of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great 16th century Vaishnava saint and poet, regarded by some as an incarnation of Krishna.

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