Holika Dahan 2024: Embrace the Auspicious Festival with Devotion and Colors

Holi 2024

Holika Dahan, also known as Chhoti Holi, is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Phalguna, marking the end of Holashtak. This year, the vibrant festival falls on 24th March 2024, a Sunday, inviting devotees to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, as symbolized by the legendary devotee Prahlad’s unwavering faith in Lord Vishnu.

Auspicious Muhurat for Holika Dahan
The auspicious time for Holika Dahan begins after the Bhadra Kaal, which ends at 11:13 PM on 24th March. The prime time for the ritual is from 11:14 PM to 12:20 AM, allowing worshippers to perform the ceremony without any astrological obstructions¹²³.

Worship Materials and Rituals
In adherence to the Sanatan tradition, the preparation for Holika Dahan starts eight days prior with the assembly of cow dung cakes and wood. On the day of Holika Dahan, additional offerings such as wheat, barley, roli, raw cotton, akshat, flowers, whole moong, batasha, coconut, umbi, and a garland of small cow dung cakes are added to the pyre⁴.

The ceremonial worship involves cleaning homes, fasting observed by women, and preparing special dishes. In the evening, Ubtan is applied to family members, symbolizing purification before the festival. The remains of the Ubtan are then offered to the Holika.

The puja ritual includes tying a raw cotton thread around the wood pile, sprinkling Ganga water, flowers, and vermilion, followed by offerings of garland, roli, akshat, batasha, turmeric, gulal, and coconut. The ritual culminates with the lighting of the Holika, signifying the burning away of evil and negativity⁴.

Holi 2024

Celebrating Dhulendi
Following Holika Dahan, the next day is celebrated as Dhulendi, where people engage in the joyous play of colors, embracing the spirit of unity and brotherhood. This festival not only signifies the victory of good over evil but also marks the arrival of spring and the promise of a bountiful harvest².

Holika Dahan is a time for reflection, forgiveness, and renewal. As the flames of Holika rise, they carry away the old and welcome the new, setting the stage for the colorful festivities of Holi. Let’s come together to celebrate this ancient tradition with fervor and gaiety.