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Holika Dahan

  • Date: 24/03/2024 16:30
  • Location 215 Carlton Road, Nottingham, UK (Map)
  • More Info: Hindu Temple Cultural & Community Centre of Nottingham


Holi is a popular and vibrant festival celebrated primarily in India and Nepal within the cultural and spiritual framework of Sanatana Dharma. It is also known as the "Festival of Colors" due to the tradition of throwing colored powders and water at each other during the festivities.

In Sanatana Dharma, Holi holds cultural, religious, and social significance. The festival usually takes place in March and marks the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and the triumph of good over evil. The most commonly associated legend with Holi is the story of Prahlada and Holika from Hindu mythology. Prahlada, a devoted follower of Lord Vishnu, was protected from the fire by divine intervention, while Holika, who tried to harm Prahlada, was consumed by the flames.

Holika Dahan, or the burning of Holika, is a significant ritual observed on the night before Holi. It symbolizes the victory of virtue over vice. The bonfire represents the destruction of the demonic forces and the triumph of righteousness. Holika, who in the legend attempted to use her powers for evil, is burned in effigy to commemorate the defeat of malevolence and the protection of the virtuous.

Holi is celebrated with enthusiasm and joy, bringing people together to play with colors, dance, sing, enjoy festive foods, and strengthen social bonds. It is a time when social barriers are temporarily broken down, and people from all walks of life join in the celebrations. It is also a time for forgiveness and reconciliation, as people exchange sweets and gifts, and old grievances are forgotten.

In addition to the colorful celebrations and Holika Dahan, some regions may have specific rituals and traditions associated with Holi. It is an occasion that embodies the spirit of joy, unity, and the renewal of life, reflecting the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of Sanatana Dharma