Holi Dates: When is Holi in 2019, 2020 and 2021?

Holi 2019

Holi is one of the major festivals of India and is celebrated on different dates every year. This great Indian festival is observed at the end of the winters in the month of March after the full Moon. A day before Holi a large bonfire is lit that helps in burning out the evil spirits and that whole process is called as Holika Dahan.

Holi Celebration Date 2019

Holi: 21st March 2019
Holika Dahan: 20th March 2019

Holi Celebration Date 2020

Holi: 10th March 2020
Holika Dahan: 09th March 2020

Holi Celebration Date 2021

Holi: 29th March 2021
Holika Dahan: 28th March 2021
Detailed information on Holi Dates
Timing: It is highly prohibited to perform the bonfire of the Holika Dahan before the Sunset as that can be not really be the cause for bringing in a lot of misfortune in life. It must be performed on a specific time on the Purnima Tithi only after the Sunset. It is very important to choose a good Muhurat in order to perform the ritual of Holika Dahan. Ideally it must be performed on Pradosh Kaal when the night and day are believed to meet each other.
It is prohibited to perform the ritual of Holika Dahan until the Bhadra Tithi. Also, the the exact time for the same varies from state to state all over in India.
Perfect Timing for 2019 Holika Dahan:
In Mumbai - 20:55 to 21:11
In Delhi – 20:52 to 24:30
On the day of Holika dahan, a special type of Puja has to be performed so as to keep children and the other family members in good of the health and keep away from them all types of evils.
The celebration of Holika Dahan is carried out in order in the remembrance of the Holika. In an attempt to fulfil the wish of her demon brother Holika tried to sit in the fire and burn him as he worshipped Lord Vishnu and not her brother. As she had that blessing of not getting affected by the fire so she sat with Prahalada in the fire. But, because of the great devotion of Prahalada, he was saved and Holika was burnt to death.
On the day of Holi, people enjoy by splashing colors over each other and they also play with liquid colors. This part of playing with colours goes on till the end of the afternoon and from the evening people start off with preparing delicious meals.
Also in various parts of the country Holi is celebrated in different way and with different names.
Holi celebration in Vrindavan and Mathura
Holi celebration in Vrindavan is a week-long celebration and that it starts with the Phoolon wali Holi that starts by splashing flowers at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan during Aanola Ekadasi at 4 p.m. The week-long celebration of Holi Vrindavan will be starting on 26th of February 2018. The celebration will be concluding of 1st of March 2018 which is the day before Holi celebration when people throw colors over each other. During afternoon the celebration starts in Mathura at around 3 p.m.
Lathmar Holi
There is the tradition of beating up the men by women in the village of Nandgaon and Barsana which is performed a week before the Holi celebration. Lathmar Holi in 2019:
In Barsana – 16th March
In Nandgaon – 17th March
So go ahead mark the Holi date 2019 in your personal calendar and start preparing for Holi 2019!!
Holi 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
MARCH 2019

Holi 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
MARCH 2018

Holi 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
MARCH 2017

Holi 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016
MARCH 2016

Holi 2015
Friday, March 6, 2015
MARCH 2015


Holi 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
MARCH 2014

Holi 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
MARCH 2013

Holi 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
MARCH 2012

Holi 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
MARCH 2011

Holi 2010
Monday, March 01, 2010
MARCH 2010

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The Story of Holi Festival: The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. It is also known as the Festival of Colors. Holi celebrates spring, fertility, good harvests, and the return of bright colors after the drabness of winter. There are many stories of the origin of Holi. Some involve the demon King Hiranyakashyap and his sister, Holika, and son, Prahlad. Other legends associated with the festival include the legend of Shiva and Kaamadeva and those of Ogress Dhundhi and Pootana.

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When is Holi in 2019, 2020 and 2021?

The date of Holi is different every year in India! In most of India, Holi is celebrated at the end of winter, on the day after the full moon in March each year. On the eve of Holi, large bonfires are lit to mark occasion and to burn evil spirits. This is known as Holika Dahan.
  • In 2019, Holi is on March 21, with Holika Dahan on March 20. More information.
  • In 2020, Holi is on March 10, with Holika Dahan on March 9.
  • In 2021, Holi is on March 29, with Holika Dahan on March 28.
However, in the states of West Bengal and Odisha, the Holi festival is celebrated as Dol Jatra or Dol Purnima, on the same day as Holika Dahan. Similar to Holi, the Dol Jatra celebrations are dedicated to Lord Krishna. However, the mythology is different.

Holi Dates Detailed Information

  • The Timing of Holika Dahan -- According to Hindu scriptures, the lighting and worship of the bonfires must be performed at a specific period (muhurta) after sunset on Purnima Tithi (the full moon lunar day), otherwise it will bring great misfortune. Choosing the right muhurta for the Holika Dahan ritual is particularly important, more so than for any other Hindu festival ritual. Ideally, Holika Dahan should be carried out during the auspicious occasion of Pradosh Kaal, when day and night meet (which starts from the time of sunset). However, it mustn't be done until Bhadra Tithi is over. The exact muhurta for Holika Dahan in India will vary depending on the location and time of sunset. For example, for 2019, astrologers have calculated it to be between 8.57 p.m. to 9.09 p.m. in Mumbai. In Delhi, it's 8.57 p.m. to 12.28 a.m. It starts late due to the presence of Bhadra Mukha, which will bring misfortune.
  • In the afternoon, before the bonfire is lit, a special puja is performed to keep children healthy and safe from evil influences. This comes from the story about Holika in the Hindu text, the Narada Purana. Holika attempted to carry out her demon king brother's wish to burn his son Prahlad in the fire because Prahlad worshiped Lord Vishnu instead of him. It was believed that Holika couldn't be harmed by fire, so she sat in it while holding the child. However, she was charred to death and Prahlad was saved due to his devotion to Lord Vishnu, who protected him.
  • On Holi, people will usually spend the morning throwing colored powder and water on each other. These celebrations die down by the afternoon. There are no rituals that need to be performed.
  • Lathmar Holi -- The women of Barsana and Nandgaon villages, near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, beat up men with sticks in the week before Holi. In 2019, Lathmar Holi will take place on March 15 in Barsana and March 16 in Nandgaon.
  • Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan -- Week-long Holi celebrations at Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan commence with the throwing of flowers (Phoolon Wali Holi) at 4 p.m. on Aanola Ekadashi, which is March 17, 2019. (It only lasts for about 20 minutes, so be on time or you'll miss it). The festivities at Vrindavan conclude on March 20, 2019 (the day before Holi) with the throwing of colors in the morning. In the afternoon, the action moves onto Mathura, where there's a colorful Holi procession at about 3 p.m. Plus, the throwing of colors the next day.

More About Holi

Find out more about the meaning of Holi and how it's celebrated in this Essential Guide to Holi Festivaland see pictures in this Holi Festival Photo Gallery.
Visiting India during Holi? Check out these Top Places to Celebrate Holi in India.

Holi 2019 Date: When is Holi in 2019?

Holi 2019 Date in India Calendar: A symbol of triumph of good over evil, Holi marks the onset of spring. This year, the festival of colours will be celebrated on March 20 and March 21.

Holi 2019 Date in India Calendar:  Celebrated by Hindus every year, 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. This year, the festival of colours will be celebrated on March 20 and 21.
A symbol of triumph of good over evil, Holi marks the onset of spring and is also celebrated to show gratitude for a good harvest.
On the eve of Holi,a large bonfire, termed as holika dahan, is lit. People gather around the fire known as Chhoti Holi and perform ‘pingpuja’ while praying for the longevity and prosperity of their loved ones.
On the second day of celebrations known as Rangpanchami, people play with colours. It is believed that Krishna used to celebrate the festival with colours at Vrindavan and Gokul.
At some places, people also form a human pyramid and break a pot full of buttermilk hung at a considerable height.
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.
Another legend of Holi celebrations that is extremely popular in south India is that of Lord Shiva and Kaamadeva. It is believed Kaamadeva, the god of passion, awoke Shiva from his deep meditation so he could save the world.

Holi in India

Holi is one of the major festival of India and is the most vibrant of all. The joys of Holi knows no bound. The festival is celebrated across the four corners of India or rather across the globe. The festival is filled with so much fun and frolic that the very mention of the word 'Holi' draws smile and enthusiasm amongst the people. Holi also celebrates the arrival of Spring, a season of joy and hope.
Legend of Holi Festival
Holi is one of the oldest festivals of India. There are many interesting stories associated with the festival's origin as one moves across the different states from North to South and East to West. Paintings and scriptures depict the roots of the festival. Mythology plays a very important part in narrating the festival of Holi. The most popular stories of Holi origin relates to 'Holika Dahan' and Legend of Radha-Krishan.
Story of Holika
Integrally entwined with Holi, is the tradition of 'Holika Dahan', which is actually lighting of bonfires. The ritual is symbolic of victory of good over evil and has its root in the legend of demon king Hiranyakashyap who wished to end his blessed son, Prahlad's life with the help of his sister, Holika who burnt in the fir and no harm occurred to Prahlad. Since then the day is celebrated in victory of good over bad.
Story of Radha and Krishan
The legend of Radha and Krishna is closely linked with this tradition of colors on Holi. Young Krishna, who had a dark complexion was jealous of his beloved Radha's extremely fair skin. In a mischievous mood, he applied color on Radha's face. Following this ancient legend, lovers till date long to color their beloved as an expression of love.
Holi Celebrations in India
Holi is famous as Basant Utsav in rural India. It is one of the major festivals in India and is celebrated with extreme enthusiasm and joy. Gulal, abeer and pichkaris are synonymous with the festival. Elaborate plans are made to color the loved ones. Everybody wants to be the first one to color the other. In the ensuing battle of colors, everybody is drowned not just in colors of gulal but also in love and mirth. People love to drench others and themselves in colored water. Gujiyas and other sweets are offered to everyone who comes across to color.
Temples are beautifully decorated at the time of Holi. Idol of Radha is placed on swings and devotees turn the swings singing devotional Holi songs. Now-a-days small plays are organized reflecting the spirit of the festival.
What is remarkably same across the country is the spirit of Holi. Fun, frolic, boisterousness to the extent of buffoonery marks this festival of colors. What more can be expected- when the people get a social sanction to get intoxicated on the bhang, open not just their hearts' out but also their lungs. And viola, nobody is expected to take offense too, as the norm of the day is, 'Bura na mano Holi hai'.
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