Indian Arts and Culture Hinduism Future Dates for the Hindu Holi Festival Festival of Colors Ushers in Fertility, Love, and Springtime Share Flipboard Email Print ferrantraite/Getty Images Hinduism Indian Arts and Culture India Past and Present Important Texts Temples and Organizations Hindu Gods Hindu Gurus and Saints By Subhamoy Das M.A., English Literature, University of North Bengal Subhamoy Das is the co-author of "Applied Hinduism: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World." He has written several books about Hinduism for children and young adults. our editorial process Subhamoy Das Updated December 31, 2018 When you see colored powder flying and people laughing hysterically as they are covered in vibrant blue, green, pink, and purple powder, then you know it's Holi. As more and more Indian communities form in U.S. cities, look for a fun time when Holi comes around. Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors is an auspicious occasion in the Hindu calendar. It is widely celebrated by millions of people as a harvest festival across India and around the world. It also ushers in the spring, a time for fertility, love, and a new season of prosperity. The festivities can include people smearing colored powder called "gulal" or colored water on each other, and drenching one another with squirt pistols and water balloons. Everyone is considered fair game, old and young, friend and stranger, rich and poor alike. It is a raucous and joyful celebration. When Is Holi? Holi lasts for a night and a day and starts on the evening of the full moon (Purnima) in the month of Phalgun in the Hindu calendar, which occurs sometime between the end of February and the end of March in the Gregorian calendar. During the month of Phalgun, India ushers in spring when seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the country rises from winter's slumber. The first evening is known as Holika Dahan or Chhoti Holi and the following day as Holi, Rangwali Holi, or Phagwah. On the evening of the first day, wood and dung pyres are burned to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. The second day is when people start throwing fistfuls of powder for the carnival of colors. Future Dates The Hindu calendar uses lunar months and a solar year, which accounts for the different dates that Holi will fall on. Year Date 2018 Friday, March 2 2019 Thursday, March 21 2020 Tuesday, March 10 2021 Monday, March 29 2022 Friday, March 18 2023 Tuesday, March 11 2024 Monday, March 25 2025 Friday, March 14 2026 Tuesday, March 3 2027 Monday, March 22 2028 Saturday, March 11 2029 Wednesday, February 28 2030 Tuesday, March 19 Significance Holi comes from the word "hola," meaning to offer prayer to God as thanksgiving for good harvest. Holi is celebrated every year to remind people that those who love God shall be saved and they who torture the devotees of God shall be reduced to ashes by the mythical character Holika. There is another legend that states the start of Holi came about because of Lord Krishna's crush on his beloved Radha. Krishna—whose skin was blue—was embarrassed by his different skin color. One day, his mother playfully suggested that he can smear color on Radha’s face and change her complexion to any color he wanted. Today's festival of Holi, retains a flavor of naughtiness, by smearing your loved one with bright colors and playing pranks on each other. It has traditionally been celebrated in high spirit without any distinction of caste, creed, color, race, status, or sex. When everyone is covered in the colored powder or colored water it signifies unity. It breaks down the barriers of discrimination so that everyone looks the same in the spirit of universal brotherhood. Holi the Hindu Festival of Colors Thaipusam Festival: Ritualistic Face and Body Piercing Hindu Festivals: Krishna Janmashtami Calendar of Hindu Festivals, Fasts, and Religious Events 2020–2025 Pongal: the Great Indian Thanksgiving A Guide to Lohri, The Hindu Winter Bonfire Festival Hindu New Year's Celebrations by Region Tulsi or The Holy Basil in Hinduism Uttarayan, the Kite Festival of Gujarat Hindu Rites and Rituals List of Gods and Goddesses From Antiquity Top 12 Bollywood Songs for the Holi Festival Teej, the Hindu Fasting Festivals for Women The Hindu Thaipusam Festival Symbolism of Hindu Deities Explained What are Samskaras?