Welcome the festival of spring, colors and love! Yes, Holi is back with loads of joy and every heart has excitement to celebrate it. The colors are going to get brighter; the grudges are going to fade or will get lighter; the love is going to reside deeper. Because 'Holi hai'! Holi celebration is special in its own way, which starts from Holashtak.
When Holashtak Begins?
The first day of Holashtak period comes on ashtami (eighth day) of Shukla Paksha in Phalgun (according to Hindi calendar) month. The day announces the arrival of the festival of colors- Holi.
Some believe that Holashtak had began when Lord Shiva got annoyed from Kamdev and became the reason of his death.
This year, March 05, 2017 is the date that has marked the welcome note for the colorful festival.
What is Holashtak?
The period of eight days is said Holashtak that has started on March 5, 2017. These days comes as probation period for any auspicious event or ceremony like housewarming function, mundan sanskar or marriage.
Rituals to Be Performed on Holashtak
People decide the place for Holika Dahan this day and clean that location with using the pure water of holy river Ganga. In order to accomplish the rituals, people start to gather the dried woods, dried cow-dung and grass.
Rationale & Importance of Holashtak
The festive days depicts the joy of upcoming season as winter season gets ready to bid farewell and spring looms around. The season comes with fragrance of new flowers and freshen-up the atmosphere with the grace and beauty of the weather.
Holashtak 2017: Beginning of Holi 2017
Holashtak has arrived on 05 March 2017. With Holashtak, Durgashtami is also falling this Ashtami of Phalgun's Shukla Paksha. Not only this, Khatushyamji's fair is also starting this day. People who keeps Rohini Vrat, it's a special day for them too. Well, the list doesn't ends here and Dadu Dayal Jayanti is also falling the same day.
Thus this day is pretty special with the weight of many auspicious occasions.