Holi 2019 Date: When is Holi in 2019?
New Delhi : One of the most famous Hindu festival - Holi - is celebrated on the day of Purnima (the full moon), in the month of Falgun over two consecutive days. The first day of Holi is known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan.
In 2019, the festival of colours will be celebrated on March 20 and 21.
Day 1 aka Holika Dahan: On the eve of Holi, a large bonfire, termed as holika dahan, is lit. People do rituals and also pray for a longevity and prosperity of their loved ones.
Day 2 aka Rangpanchami: People colour each other to celebrate the day. It is believed that Krishna used to celebrate the festival with colours at Vrindavan and Gokul.
One of the most popular legends is the story of Hiranyakashyap who was a demon king and wanted to be immortal. While he wanted everyone to worship him as god, his son Prahlada was a devotee of Vishnu and this used to offend him. Once he asked his sister, who had a divine shawl that could not catch fire, to sit on raging flames with Prahlad in her lap. But Lord Vishnu, impressed by Prahlad’s devotion, killed both Hiranyakashyap and his sister.