Holi Dahan around the world in 2021

Holi Dahan around the world in 2021
Hindu devotees watch a Holika bonfire in Ahmedabad, India.

  How long until Holi Dahan?
This holiday next takes place in 232 days.
  Dates of Holi Dahan around the world
2022 IndiaMar 17
Assam Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Bihar Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Odisha Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Telangana Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Thu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
2021 IndiaMar 28
Assam Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Bihar Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Odisha Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Sikkim Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Telangana Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Sun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
2020 IndiaMar 9, Mar 10
Rajasthan Tue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Bihar Mon, Mar 9Regional Holiday
Jharkhand Mon, Mar 9Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Mon, Mar 9Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Mon, Mar 9Regional Holiday
2019 IndiaMar 20, Mar 21
Bihar Thu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Wed, Mar 20Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Wed, Mar 20Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand Wed, Mar 20Regional Holiday
2018 IndiaMar 1
Assam Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Bihar Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Jharkhand Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Odisha Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Rajasthan Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Telangana Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh Thu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika
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When is Holi Dahan?

The day before Holi is known as Holi Dahan and can be a holiday in some states.

It is celebrated on the full moon in early March every year.

History of Holi Dahan

Though Holi was originally a festival to celebrate the start of Spring, today it is better known as a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.

The story is that there was once a demon king called Hiranyakashayap who resented his son, Prince Prahlada, worshipping Lord Vishnu. He tries to murder the prince on several occasions but fails each time.

Finally, a plan was hatched where Holika would take Prahlad onto her lap and sit in a bonfire. Holika would survive because she had an enchanted shawl that would protect her from the flames.

But the plan failed. Prahlad was saved by Vishnu and it was Holika who died as she was only immune to fire if she was alone. Shortly after, Vishnu killed Hiranyakashayap and Prahlad became king.

The moral of the story is that good always triumphs over evil.

Holi Dahan remembers this event, and huge bonfires are burnt on Holi Dahan as a symbolic representation of the cremation of Holika.

The festival is also associated with the eternal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation.

How is Holi Dahan celebrated?

The festival begins on the night of the full moon. Fires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, after whom the festival was named.


In Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, Doljatra is celebrated instead of Holi. Essentially it is the same festival as Holi Dahan, but has added emphasis as it is the last festival of the Bengali year.

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