Holi is a festival which has so much of fanfare that the people actually wait forward to the festival to be celebrated. The best part being that the holi is the first major Hindu festival of the year. Just at the beginning of the year, people start looking for the Holi Date in their Calendar. The festival is a hit among the masses, and it is not restricted to people of particular religion. It is the festival of masses and is celebrated by the masses, irrespective of their caste, creed or religion.
The date of Holi is decided according to the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated on the date which marks the beginning of the Falgun Poornima day of the Hindu calendar. Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi is celebrated on the eve of the Phalgun Poornima. On the day of Holika Dahan people burn logs of wood to symbolize victory of good over evil and observe Holi Pooja. This is the day when people have these huge bonfires, where the bonfires resemble the demoness holika, who gets destroyed by fire.
Holi Festival Date In 2015 : 5th March 2015
This bonfire epitomizes the victory of good over evil. It is also even termed as the cleansing ceremony before the actual Holi festival. This tradition of burning logs is a famous one and is followed by people everywhere. These days’ people use waste woods like broken furniture, and other such wastes to minimize the cutting of trees.
On the next day of Holi Dahan is rangpanchami, on this day people come out of their home and play with color and water. At the end of the festival people are drenched in varied assortments of colors and are completely unrecognizable People are now celebrating more of a dry Holi , to reduce wastage of water, and even the colors used these days are of natural make and hence harmless to the environment.