Holi 2024: Holika Dahan Date, Muhurat, Do's and Don'ts – All You Need to Know

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Usually celebrated a day before Holi, Holika Dahan involves the lighting of a bonfire to celebrate the burning of the devil, Holika, a symbolic ritual signifying the victory of good over evil. While Holi falls on a full moon day of the Phalgun month of the Hindu calendar (February-March), Holika Dahan, also known as Chhoti Holi, is celebrated a day earlier. As with most Hindu festivals, there is an auspicious time known as Muhurat. Gurudev Shrie Kashyap, astrologer and numerologist, and founder of All India Institute of Occult Science, shares the date, muhurat and meaning of Holika Dahan and lists the dos and don'ts.

Holi 2024: Date, Muhurat Of Holika Dahan

Holi 2024 will be celebrated on March 25, while Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan will be on March 24. “According to Panchang Diwakar, Holika Dahan is performed during Bhadra Rahitakal on the day of Pradosh Vyapini Phalgun Purnima. This year Phalgun Purnima is Pradoshvyapini on March 24 Only on March 24, 2024. On March 24, Bhadra ends at 11:13 pm, before midnight at 12:33. So this year, Holika Dahan will take place on March 24. The auspicious time for Holika Dahan is from 11:13 pm to 12:32 am. Therefore, Holika Dahan should be done only after 11:13 pm,” says Gurudev Shrie Kashyap.

Holika Dahan Puja Rituals

“There is a tradition of worshiping Holika before lighting the fire on Holi. For this, the person should sit facing east or north while worshiping Holika. For worship, keep garlands, flowers, raw cotton, jaggery, roli, aroma, whole turmeric, moong, batasha, gulal, coconut, five types of grains, ears of wheat and a pot of water. The bonfire lit for Holika Dahan should be surrounded. The next day the ashes of Holi should be brought and keep them in a silver box. People also “Put barley grains and mustard strips in the sacred fire of Holika. It is said that doing this brings happiness to the house. Holika Dahan never happens in Bhadra,” shares Gurudev Shrie Kashyap.

Holi 2024: Dos and Don'ts

Gurudev Shrie Kashyap lists the following dos and don'ts on Holi, one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated with colours:

Two:

– Always use ecological colors: Natural and herbal dyes are much better than synthetic ones. It's your skin so protect it well.

– Respect everyone's limits: Do not cross boundaries while playing Holi as it may cause harm to others. Be careful while playing Holi.

– Keep hydrated: Playing Holi can lead to exhaustion, so keep drinking water to stay hydrated.

– Avoid wearing new clothes: The colors can be difficult to wash, so use old clothes to be safe.

– Protect your skin and hair: Apply oil or moisturizer on your body and oil your hair before going out to play Holi. This makes it easier to remove colors later and protects your skin and hair from damage.

– Share sweets and snacks: Holi is a time to share joy and happiness. Share traditional sweets and snacks with family, friends and neighbors.

Not to do:

Don't force anyone to play: Respect everyone's choice to participate or not. Some people may prefer not to play with colors for health reasons or personal preferences.

– Avoid water balloons: While water balloons may seem fun, they can cause injury or discomfort if thrown forcefully. Opt for dry or wet colors.

– Avoid using 'permanent' colors: Some synthetic colors used during Holi contain harmful chemicals that can cause skin allergies and other health problems. Stick to natural, eco-friendly colors.

– Do not use colors on animals: Holi can be distressing for pets and animals. Keep them indoors during the holidays and avoid applying colors to them.

– Please note public spaces: While playing Holi in public spaces, avoid creating a mess that may disturb others. Clean up after yourself and dispose of waste properly.

– Respect other people's property: Avoid forcibly applying colors on strangers or their property without their consent. Respect everyone's space and belongings.

“By following the do's and don'ts, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable Holi celebration for everyone involved,” says Gurudev Shrie Kashyap.