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Holi (Hindi pronunciation: ['hoːli:]) is a popular and significant Hindu festival celebrated as the Festival of Colours, Love and Spring.[1][9][10][11] It celebrates the eternal and divine love of the god Radha and Krishna.[12][13] Additionally, the day also signifies the triumph of good over evil,[14][15] as it commemorates the victory of Vishnu as Narasimha Narayana over Hiranyakashipu.[16][17] Holi is originated and is predominantly celebrated in the Indian subcontinent but has also spread to other regions of Asia and parts of the Western world through the Indian diaspora.[10][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

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Krishna playing Holi with Radha and gopis
Observed byHindus,[1] Sikhs, Jains,[2][3] and others[4]
TypeReligious, cultural, spring festival
CelebrationsNight before Holi: Holika Dahan or Kama Dahan
On Holi: Playing with coloured powder and water, dancing, greetings, festival delicacies[5]
DatePhalguna Purnima
2023 date8 March in India
7 March in Nepal (hilly region)
8 March in Nepal (terai region)[6][7]
7 March in Nepal[8]
Related toHola Mohalla, Shigmo and Yaosang
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Explanatory note
Hindu festival dates

The Hindu calendar is lunisolar but most festival dates are specified using the lunar portion of the calendar. A lunar day is uniquely identified by three calendar elements: māsa (lunar month), pakṣa (lunar fortnight) and tithi (lunar day).

Furthermore, when specifying the masa, one of two traditions are applicable, viz. amānta / pūrṇimānta. Iff a festival falls in the waning phase of the moon, these two traditions identify the same lunar day as falling in two different (but successive) masa.

A lunar year is shorter than a solar year by about eleven days. As a result, most Hindu festivals occur on different days in successive years on the Gregorian calendar.

Holi also celebrates the arrival of Spring in India, the end of winter, and the blossoming of love.[18][25] It is also an invocation for a good spring harvest season.[18][25] It lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day) falling in the Hindu calendar month of Phalguna, which falls around the middle of March in the Gregorian calendar.