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When is Holi in 2022?

Holi in 2022 is on the Friday, 18th of Mar (3/18/2022).

Holi is on the 77th day of 2022. There are 288 days left in the year.

Holi Facts

  • Date: Mar 18, 2022
  • Religious
  • Also Called: Festival of Colors
  • Celebrations: Playing with Colors, Sweet distribution
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Holi is a festival of colors, celebrated primarily in India. The festival falls on the last full moon day of Falgun according to Hindu calendar. It is celebrated sometime in the month of March, usually in the latter half of the month. According to mythology, the festival is celebrates the killing Holika, the sister of Hrinyakashyapu. The festival also holds significance with respect to end of winter season and the onset of summer season.

There is no comprehensive data to know the origins of the festival. However, Holi as we see it today is believed to have originated in Bengal, where the day was celebrated as Gaudiya Vaishnava festival. However, there are several mythological stories behind the origins of the festival. The most popular one is related to the killing of Holika. Mythology states that when Prahlad disobeyed the orders of Hrinyakashyapu and kept praying for Lord Vishnu, Hrinyakashyapu took the help of her sister, Holika, to kill him. Holika took Prahlad in her lap and sat in a bonfire as she had immunity against fire. However, to everyone's amazement, Holika was burnt alive while Prahlad was unaffected. Thus, Holika Dahan is celebrated a day before Holi.

The festival is also believed to be a celebration of Radha's undying love for Lord Krishna. Still another mythological tale states that when Lord Shiva destroyed Kamadeva, he later resurrected him for the sake of his wife Rati. However, Kamadeva was brought to life only as a mental image. The festival is believed to celebrate that event.

The festival is celebrated in different ways around the country, the most famous one being in Mathura. Here, the festival lasts for 16 days, and is primarily played with flowers. In large parts of India, the festival is celebrated with a lot of colors, water balloons and water guns. Parties are often organized across the length and breadth of the country where people dance to music and greet each other with colors. Sweets are an important part of the festival.

Holi Observances

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DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Sat
  • Mar 22, 2008
  • Wed
  • Mar 11, 2009
  • Mon
  • Mar 01, 2010
  • Sat
  • Mar 19, 2011
  • Thu
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • Wed
  • Mar 27, 2013
  • Mon
  • Mar 17, 2014
  • Fri
  • Mar 06, 2015
  • Thu
  • Mar 24, 2016
  • Mon
  • Mar 13, 2017
  • Fri
  • Mar 02, 2018
  • Thu
  • Mar 21, 2019
  • Tue
  • Mar 10, 2020
  • Mon
  • Mar 29, 2021
  • Fri
  • Mar 18, 2022

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of India in 2022

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
SaturdaySatJan 01, 2022Jan 01New Year's Day
FridayFriJan 14, 2022Jan 14Makar Sankranti / Pongal
WednesdayWedJan 26, 2022Jan 26Republic Day
TuesdayTueMar 01, 2022Mar 01Maha Shivaratri
FridayFriMar 18, 2022Mar 18Holi
SaturdaySatApr 02, 2022Apr 02Ugadi / Gudi Padwa
SundaySunApr 10, 2022Apr 10Ram Navami
ThursdayThuApr 14, 2022Apr 14Mahavir Jayanti
FridayFriApr 15, 2022Apr 15Good Friday
SundaySunMay 01, 2022May 01Labour Day
MondayMonMay 02, 2022May 02Eid-ul-Fitar
MondayMonMay 16, 2022May 16Budhha Purnima
FridayFriJul 01, 2022Jul 01Rath Yatra
SaturdaySatJul 09, 2022Jul 09Bakri Id / Eid ul-Adha
SaturdaySatJul 30, 2022Jul 30Muharram
ThursdayThuAug 11, 2022Aug 11Raksha Bandhan
MondayMonAug 15, 2022Aug 15Independence Day
FridayFriAug 19, 2022Aug 19Janmashtami
ThursdayThuSep 08, 2022Sep 08Onam
FridayFriSep 09, 2022Sep 09Vinayaka Chaturthi
SundaySunOct 02, 2022Oct 02Mathatma Gandhi Jayanti
WednesdayWedOct 05, 2022Oct 05Dussehra / Dasara
FridayFriOct 07, 2022Oct 07Milad un Nabi
MondayMonOct 24, 2022Oct 24Diwali / Deepavali
TuesdayTueNov 08, 2022Nov 08Guru Nanak's Birthday
SundaySunDec 25, 2022Dec 25Christmas