Holi in India in 2020

Holi in India in 2020
  How long until Holi?
This holiday next takes place in 170 days.
  Dates of Holi in India
2021 Mar 29
Arunachal PradeshMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
BiharMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GoaMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MeghalayaMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
MizoramMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
NagalandMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
PunjabMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Mar 29Regional Holiday
2020 Mar 10
Andhra PradeshTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
BiharTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
ChandigarhTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
DelhiTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
GoaTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
GujaratTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
HaryanaTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
JharkhandTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
MaharashtraTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
MeghalayaTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
NagalandTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
PunjabTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
RajasthanTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
TripuraTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Mar 10Regional Holiday
2019 Mar 21, Mar 22
BiharFri, Mar 22Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Mar 22Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
AssamThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
ChandigarhThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
DelhiThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
GoaThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
GujaratThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
HaryanaThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
MaharashtraThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
MeghalayaThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
MizoramThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
NagalandThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
PunjabThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
TripuraThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Mar 21Regional Holiday
2018 Mar 1, Mar 2, Mar 3
BiharSat, Mar 3Regional Holiday
Andhra PradeshFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
BiharFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
DelhiFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
GoaFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
GujaratFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
HaryanaFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
JharkhandFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
MaharashtraFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
ManipurFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
MeghalayaFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
NagalandFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
OdishaFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
PunjabFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
RajasthanFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
SikkimFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
TripuraFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
UttarakhandFri, Mar 2Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirThu, Mar 1Regional Holiday
2017 Mar 13, Mar 14
BiharTue, Mar 14Regional Holiday
Arunachal PradeshMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
AssamMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
ChandigarhMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
ChhattisgarhMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
DelhiMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
GoaMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
GujaratMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
HaryanaMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Himachal PradeshMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Jammu and KashmirMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
JharkhandMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
MaharashtraMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
ManipurMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
MizoramMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
OdishaMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
SikkimMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
TripuraMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
UttarakhandMon, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Originally a harvest and fertility festival, Holi also commemorates a legend from Hindu Mythology
  Holi in other countries
Holi internationally
  Which regions observe Holi in 2020?
Andhra Pradesh  Andhra PradeshMar 10Regional Holiday
Arunachal Pradesh  Arunachal PradeshMar 10Regional Holiday
Bihar  BiharMar 10Regional Holiday
Chandigarh  ChandigarhMar 10Regional Holiday
Chhattisgarh  ChhattisgarhMar 10Regional Holiday
Delhi  DelhiMar 10Regional Holiday
Goa  GoaMar 10Regional Holiday
Gujarat  GujaratMar 10Regional Holiday
Haryana  HaryanaMar 10Regional Holiday
Himachal Pradesh  Himachal PradeshMar 10Regional Holiday
Jammu and Kashmir  Jammu and KashmirMar 10Regional Holiday
Jharkhand  JharkhandMar 10Regional Holiday
Madhya Pradesh  Madhya PradeshMar 10Regional Holiday
Maharashtra  MaharashtraMar 10Regional Holiday
Meghalaya  MeghalayaMar 10Regional Holiday
Nagaland  NagalandMar 10Regional Holiday
Odisha  OdishaMar 10Regional Holiday
Punjab  PunjabMar 10Regional Holiday
Rajasthan  RajasthanMar 10Regional Holiday
Sikkim  SikkimMar 10Regional Holiday
Tripura  TripuraMar 10Regional Holiday
Uttar Pradesh  Uttar PradeshMar 10Regional Holiday
Uttarakhand  UttarakhandMar 10Regional Holiday
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When is Holi?

The Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated on the last full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month, which usually falls in early March.

Holi is also known in some states as Doljatra, or Dola Purnima. In Nepal, it is known as Fagu Purnima.

It is also a public holiday called Phagwah in the South American countries of Guyana and Suriname.

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

History of Holi

Holi was originally a festival to celebrate the start of Spring, good harvests and fertility of the land. The first mentions of it date back to a poem from the 4th century.

Holi was described in a 7th century Sanskrit play called "Ratnavali," written by the Indian emperor Harsha.

"Witness the beauty of the great cupid festival which excites curiosity as the townsfolk are dancing at the touch of brownish water thrown ... Everything is coloured yellowish red and rendered dusty by the heaps of scented powder blown all over," wrote Harsha.

Today it is better known as a symbolic commemoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology.

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

Finally, the king's sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning sits with the boy inside a fire. However, the prince emerges unhurt, while his aunt burns in the fire and dies.

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

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 celebrated?

Holi is marked by colourful parades accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of relaxed fun.

Nowadays Holi is an excuse for young Indians to shed their inhibitions and caste differences for a day of fun. Teenagers spend the day flirting and misbehaving in the streets, and everyone chases everyone else around, throwing brightly coloured powder and water over each other.

The tradition of throwing brightly coloured powder and water is said to come from the love story between two Hindu gods, Radha and Krishna. Krishna is famously depicted as having bright blue skin and the legend has it that he was sad he didn't have a fair complexion like Radha. He told his mother about this and she suggested that instead of wishing for fair skin, he should instead smear Radha with paint, so they both have coloured skin; hence the tradition of trying to 'colour' others as a sign of affection at Holi.

The colours of the powders have symbolic meanings. Blue represents Krishna, Red represents love and fertility, green symbolises spring and new growth and yellow is the colour of turmeric, a spice native to India and a natural remedy.

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.

The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing. The evenings are spent visiting friends and family.

Did you know?

Three facts about Holi

The festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated on the following day after Holika was burned in a bonfire.

In India, Holi is celebrated in some form across all the 28 states of India. The date of the holiday may vary between states.

Participants in the festivities are advised to moisturise their skin well before taking part so the gulal - coloured powder - can be easily removed and does not stain the skin.

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