The observance of Holashtak is associated with the colourful festival of Holi. It refers to the eight day period just before the celebrations of Holi.

The period of Holashtak is considered to be inauspicious by most of the Hindu communities in Northern parts of India. According to the Purnimant calendar followed in North India, Holashtak starts from the ‘Ashtami’ (8th day) of the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the period of bright fortnight of moon) and continues till the ‘Purnima’ (full moon day) of the ‘Falgun’ month.

The last day of Holashtak, that is, Falgun Purnima is the day for observance of Holika Dahan in most of the regions. In the Gregorian calendar, Holashtak falls during the months of mid-February to mid-March. Holashtak is celebrated with full enthusiasm in Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and other regions of North India.

Holashtak 2023 starts on February 27, Monday and ends with Holika Dahan on March 07, Tuesday

Ashtami Tithi timing: February 27, 12:59 am - February 28, 2:21 am

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Holi 2023 (Rangwali Holi) falls on March 07, Tuesday

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Rituals during Holashtak:

With the start of Holashtak, people start decorating the branch of a tree using colourful pieces of clothes. Each individual ties a piece of cloth on the branch and it is then finally buried in the ground. Few communities even burn these pieces of clothes during Holika Dahan.


Also on the beginning day of Holashtak, Falgun Shukla Paksha Ashtami, and a place is chosen for Holika Dahan. On each day small sticks are gathered and collected at the place of Holika Dahan.

The 9-day festival of Holi finally comes to end on the day of ‘Dhuleti’.
The day of Holashtak is ideal for doing ‘Daan’ or offering donations. During this time one must generously donate clothes, grains, money and other essential commodities as per their financial status.

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Important Timings On Holashtak

SunriseFebruary 27, 2023 6:54 AM
SunsetFebruary 27, 2023 6:24 PM
Ashtami Tithi BeginsFebruary 27, 2023 12:59 AM
Ashtami Tithi EndsFebruary 28, 2023 2:21 AM
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Holashtak End2023 Mar 07 Tuesday

Significance of Holashtak:

Holashtak is a word made from two different words, ‘Holi’ and ‘Ashtak’ (8th day) implying the eight days of Holi. In the Hindu community, the period of Holashtak is considered to be unfavourable.

Therefore auspicious ceremonies like marriages, child naming sanskar, housewarming and any other 16 Hindu Sanskars or rituals are avoided during this period. In some communities people even do not prefer starting a new business venture during the Holashtak period.

This is due to the fact that during the period of Holashtak, Hindu planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Venus undergo transformations.

The period of Holashtak is considered to be very favourable for Tantriks as they can easily achieve their goals through ‘Saadhna’. The celebrations of Holi start with the beginning of Holashtak and come to an end on ‘Dhuleti’, the day following Falgun Purnima.

Holashtak festival dates between 2019 & 2029

YearDate
2019Thursday, 14th of March
2020Tuesday, 3rd of March
2021Monday, 22nd of March
2022Thursday, 10th of March
2023Monday, 27th of February
2024Sunday, 17th of March
2025Friday, 7th of March
2026Tuesday, 24th of February
2027Tuesday, 16th of March
2028Saturday, 4th of March
2029Thursday, 22nd of February

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