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When is Holika Dahan in 2023? Date, Time, Muhurat and Tithi

When is Holika Dahan in 2023? Holi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India and typically occurs in March. During this festival, there are celebrations across the country and even the globe. With so much merriment and revelry surrounding this celebration, the mere mention of “Holi” elicits smiles and enthusiasm from all.

On the first day of the festival, a festival called Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan takes place, while on the second day, a festival called Dhuleti or Holi takes place. Holi, which marks the beginning of spring according to the Hindu calendar, occurs on the Phalgun full moon day.


Holika Dahan will occur on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.


According to Hindu scriptures, Holika Dahan, which is also known as Holika Deepak or Chhoti Holi, should be done during Pradosh Kaal (which starts after sunset) while Purnimasi Tithi is prevailing. During the first half of Purnimasi Tithi, Bhadra predominates, and all good work should be avoided.

Holika Dahan Muhurta – From 06:31 to 08:58 (Length – 02 Hours and 27 Minutes)


Purnima Tithi begins at 4:17 PM on March 6, 2023, and ends at 6:09 PM on March 7, 2023, on the day of Holika Dahan.

According To Scripture, Holika Dahan Rules

From the eighth day of the bright half of the month of Falgun to the full moon of Falgun, Holashtak is observed. During this eight-day period, all virtuous actions are prohibited. On the day of Purnima (full moon), the Holika Dahan bonfire ceremony is performed.

There are two primary guidelines for this ceremony:

On that day, Bhadra should not prevail. Vishti Karan, one of the eleven Karans, is an alternative name for Bhadra. 1 Karan is equivalent to half a Tithi.

The Purnima should reign supreme in the Pradosh Kaal. In other words, Purnima should persist for the next three Muhurats following sunset.

On the day following Holika Dahan (also known as Chhoti Holi), it is customary to play with colours with gusto and merriment. People apply paint to each other and then embrace.

How is Holi Dahan celebrated?

The festival begins on the night of the full moon. Fires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, after whom the festival was named.


In Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, Doljatra is celebrated instead of Holi. Essentially it is the same festival as Holi Dahan, but has added emphasis as it is the last festival of the Bengali year.