New Delhi| Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Holi, the festival of colours is finally here. This festival is celebrated with full fervour across the nation. Holi is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil and it takes place on the first day of the Chaitra month. Holi is synonymous with amazing food delicacies like Gujiyan, Dahi Bhalle, Pani Puri, among others. This festival of colours is a two-day festival, which started on March 28 with Chhoti Holi or better known as Holika Dahan. The main festival or Rangwali Holi is taking place today on March 29. 

When is Holi 2021?

This year, the Chhoti Holi was celebrated on March 28. On this day, people burn the pyre in the evening as it signifies the triumph of good over evil.

The main festival, Holi is being observed today on March 29. The festival is celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm and people smear gulal on each other's face on this day. This festival is also known as Dhulendi, Rangwali Holi, among others.

What is the shubh tithi of Holi?

The Purnima tithi will start at 3:27 AM on March 28 and it will end at 12:17 AM on March 29. The auspicious time of this festival will begin at 6:54 PM and it will end at 9:14 PM.

What is the significance of Holi?

The story dates back to the time when there was a powerful king named Hirankashyapa, who wanted everyone to worship him. However, his son Prahlad was a devotee of Lord Vishnu and he refused to worship his father. Well, this thing angered Hirankashyapa and he got agitated by it, and he asked his sister Holika to kill his son Prahlad.

Holika was blessed by a boon that she could never be killed by the fire. However, when she took Prahlad in her arms to the pyre, she got burnt to death and Prahlad came out from the pyre without any injury. Thus, this festival symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and it is celebrated with full enthusiasm across the nation. However, this time, owing to the current pandemic situation, the celebration of Holi has been restricted in many states.

On the festival Holi, we are wishing the readers of Jagran English a very Happy Holi!

Posted By: Deeksha Sharma