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Holika Dahan: Story, Significance & Celebration

Holika Dahan

Holika Dahan is a traditional Hindu festival celebrated on the eve of the Holi festival. Holika Dahan means the lightening of bonfires. The festival is celebrated at the night and is closely attached to the Holi festival. 

Holika Dahan is widely celebrated in north India therefore it is a north Indian festival.

Holika Dahan Celebration

Holika Dahan Celebration

The Holi festival celebration starts with Holika Dahan when a great bonfire is lit to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

During the Holika Dahan celebration, people throw Ubtan into the fire, which is a type of paste. It is believed to keep people disease-free for the year. Then the Holika ash is used to mark a tilak on the forehead, and then of course prepare for grand celebrations of the next day.


Story of Holika Dahan

There is a traditional story behind the festival. A tradition of Holika Dahan is actually the lighting of bonfires. The ritual is the symbol of victory of good over evil and has its root in the demon king Hiranyakashyap who wished to end his son Prahlad’s life with the help of his sister Holika. Holika has been blessed by god Vishnu with a piece of cloth that can protect her from Fire.

Hiranyakasyap planned and force his sister Holika to burn Prahlad with his sister's help. Holika sits on fire having Prahlad in her lap and wrapping that special cloth around. From shake of God that cloth protected Prahlad from fire and Holika was burnt. This was the Story Behind Holika Dahan.

Significance of Holika Dahan

Do you know the significance of Holika Dahan? When Holika is burnt, the temperature increases. Following the tradition people perform Parikrama around the fire the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus cleansing it.

Significance of Holika Dahan

Significance of Holika Dahan

Another scientific reason for celebrating the Holi festival is pertaining to the tradition of Holika Dahan. The mutation period of winter and spring helps in the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body.

Holi comes at a time when people feel lazy and sleepy. This is natural for the body to experience some tiredness due to a change of weather from cold to heat. To counteract this tiredness of the body people sign loudly and even speak loudly.  This helps in re-energize the human body and recovering them from laziness.

Some of the facts say that the use of color and Abeer on the body helps to strengthen the ions of the body and add health and beauty to it.


How is Holika Dahan Celebrated?

The Holika Dahan placed are pointed out. Piece of bushes, woods, cow dung, and many more burning materials are collected in that place. Young are more excited to collects these materials and plan to celebrate the Holi festival in a more exciting way. Farmers show their excitement in their fields and crops. Women do Preparation of Holi Festival by cleaning home and surroundings. Children are much excited to celebrate the Holi festival by collecting coins and purchasing Pichkaari and Gulal on the day of the Holi festival.


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