Holi Dahan in India in 2025

Holi Dahan in India in 2025
Hindu devotees watch a Holika bonfire in Ahmedabad, India.
  How long until Holi Dahan?
Holi Dahan
  Dates of Holi Dahan in India
2025 Mar 13
BiharThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
JharkhandThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Madhya PradeshThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
OdishaThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
SikkimThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
TelanganaThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Mar 13Regional Holiday
2024 Mar 24
OdishaSun, Mar 24Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Mar 24Regional Holiday
SikkimSun, Mar 24Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Mar 24Regional Holiday
2023 Mar 6, Mar 7
JharkhandTue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
OdishaTue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
SikkimTue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshTue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
UttarakhandTue, Mar 7Regional Holiday
RajasthanMon, Mar 6Regional Holiday
2022 Mar 17, Mar 18
AssamFri, Mar 18Regional Holiday
TelanganaFri, Mar 18Regional Holiday
RajasthanThu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshThu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
UttarakhandThu, Mar 17Regional Holiday
2021 Mar 28
AssamSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
JharkhandSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
OdishaSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
RajasthanSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
Uttar PradeshSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday
UttarakhandSun, Mar 28Regional Holiday

The day before Holi commemorates the burning of the demon Holika

  Which regions observe Holi Dahan in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
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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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