How will the Lunar Eclipse on March 25, 2024, affect the Festival of Holi?

Holi and Eclips

New Delhi: The first lunar eclipse of the year is set to take place on March 25, starting at 10:24 AM and concluding at 03:01 PM. This eclipse is classified as a penumbral lunar eclipse, which is a subtle event where the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbral shadow, causing only a slight shading on the Moon’s surface. The ‘Sutak’ period, traditionally observed as a time when auspicious activities are avoided, will commence 9 hours before the eclipse.

Significance of the Lunar Eclipse

In many cultures, lunar eclipses carry mythological significance and are often associated with various rituals and superstitions. However, this particular lunar eclipse will not be visible in India, rendering the associated ‘Sutak’ period inapplicable. Consequently, there will be no restrictions on celebrations or rituals due to the eclipse.

Holi: The Festival of Colors

Holi, the vibrant festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil, coincides with the lunar eclipse this year. Despite the eclipse, the festivities are set to proceed without hindrance. Participants are encouraged to don auspiciously colored attire corresponding to their zodiac signs, engage in the playful application of ‘gulal’ (colored powders), and exchange gifts. The essence of Holi, characterized by joy and the spirit of camaraderie, remains unaffected by the celestial event.

Phalgun Purnima: The Bathing Ceremony

Phalgun Purnima, a significant day in the Hindu calendar, marks the full moon of the month of Phalguna. This year, the ‘Tithi’ or lunar day spans from 09:54 AM on March 24 to 12:29 PM on March 25. Devotees can partake in the holy bath and perform charitable acts from the ‘Brahma Muhurta’ at 04:45 AM on March 25.

Holi and Eclips

Vriddhi Yoga: A Time of Growth

The auspicious Vriddhi Yoga will be in effect on the day of Holi and Phalgun Purnima, lasting until 09:30 PM. Activities undertaken during this period are believed to yield increased results. It is an opportune time for bathing, donating, performing ‘puja’ (rituals), and celebrating with colors and ‘gulal’, as these actions are thought to enhance one’s virtue and happiness.

In summary, March 25, 2024, is poised to be a day filled with both celestial wonder and cultural exuberance, allowing for the uninterrupted observance of Holi and Phalgun Purnima rituals, all under the auspicious influence of Vriddhi Yoga.