The festival of Holashtak is related to the celebration of Holi. It comes just before the festival of Holi. The time of Holashtak is considered auspicious by most post of the Hindu people living in the northern parts of India. As indicated by the Purnimanta calendar followed in North India, Holashtak starts on the 'Ashtami' of the 'Shukla Paksha' of 'Falgun' month and proceeds till 'Purnima'.
Holika Dahan is done in the majority of the places on the last day of Holashtak, that is, Falgun Purnima. According to the Gregorian calendar, Holashtak happens to fall from mid-February to mid-March. Holashtak is celebrated with full energy and enthusiasm in Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and different parts of North India.
In 2021, Holashtak will begin from 22 March, Monday to 28 March, finishing with Holika Dahan on Sunday.
At the beginning of Holashtak, people decorate the branch of a tree with every bit of colourful pieces of cloths. Every individual places a bit of cloth on the branch and at the end, its buried under the ground. These pieces of clothes are also burnt by communities at the time of Holika Dahan.
Also on the first day of Holashtak, a specific spot is picked for Phalgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami, and Holika Dahan. Consistently each day little sticks of woods are collected at the place picked up for Holika Dahan. The 9-day festival of Holi at last finishes on the day of 'Dhuleti'.
'Serving the needy or doing charity is considered very auspicious on day of Holashtak. During this time an individual should liberally give garments, grains, cash and other fundamental things as per his economic capacity.
The word Holashtak is made up of two words, Holi and Ashtaq, which signifies the eight days of Holi. The period of Holashtak is considered unfavourable among the Hindu communities. Thus during this period favourable services like marriage, child naming ceremonies, house building and other 16 Hindu customs or customs are avoided during this period. In certain places, individuals don't think about beginning another business during the Holashtak period as it is considered inauspicious. This is because, during the time of Holashtak, planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Venus go through various changes.
The time of Holashtak is viewed as a good time for the Tantrikas as they can undoubtedly accomplish their objectives. The festival of Holi starts with the beginning of Holashtak and finishes on 'Dhuleti' the following day of Phalgun Purnima. In this way in 2021 Holashtak will start on 22 March, Monday and will end with Holika Dahan on 28 March, Sunday.
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