Holika Dahan 2022

Holika Dahan 2022

By Albee NingUpdated Dec. 27, 2021

Holika Dahan (Demoness Holika effigy burning) is an important ritual in Hindu culture when celebrating Holi. It is celebrated on the night before Holi, called Choti Holi. It mainly celebrates the killing of the demoness 'Holika' by Lord Vishnu.

In 2022, Holika Dahan will be celebrated on March 17th. It is an optional public holiday in India. Employees can choose to take a half day or full day off of work. Schools, banks, government and private offices, and businesses remain open and functional.

Holika Dahan 2022 Timing and Muhurta:

  • Holika Dahan Muhurta: 21:06 to 22:16 on March 17th
  • Bhadra Punchha: 21:06 to 22:16 on March 17th — lucky time
  • Bhadra Mukha: 22:16 to 00:10 on March 17th/18th — unlucky time
  • Holika Dahan sunset (New Delhi): 18:32 on March 17th — Pradosh (the period after sunset) begins
  • Purnima Tithi: 13:29 on March 17th to 12:47 on March 18th, 2022 — full moon lunar day

Read more on Holika Dehan Story and Happy Holika Dahan Wishes

Holika Dahan 2022 People prepare the bonfire for the Holika Dahan

Muhurta means ‘auspicious time’ in Hindi. For Hindus, finding out the Holika Dahan Muhurta is a most important thing. Doing puja (worship) at a Muhurta time is believed to bring the best puja benefits, while doing Holika burning at the wrong time is thought to bring pain and misfortune.

Bhadra is an astrological term referring to a goddess constellation (the goddess Bhadra appears in various forms in Hindu mythology). When it is prevalent, it is considered an auspicious time for certain activities.

Bhadra Mukha (‘Bhadra’s face') refers to a latter part of the constellation. Holika Dahan cannot be performed during the Bhadra Mukha period, which is inauspicious.

Instead, Bhadra Punchha (‘Bhadra’s tail', an earlier part of the constellation) is considered more auspicious to carry out burning tasks.

Holika Dahan 2022 Buring the demoness 'Holika' on Holika Dahan during the Muhurta

The Rules for Deciding the Holika Dahan Muhurat

When we calculate a Muhurat that is used for any auspicious activity in India, Bhadra is very important. Bhadra is a particular astrological period of the day, which is further subdivided into Punchha (‘Tail’) and Mukha (‘Face’). It is usually considered an unfavorable time to perform auspicious activities, but in some special cases (using weapons, doing surgery, lighting a fire, etc.) Bhadra is deemed to be highly beneficial.

The rules to calculate Holika Dahan Muhurta are as follows:

  • The first and the most important rule is Holika Dahan Muhurta should be made during/after Pradosh (the first part of the night after sunset) during Purnima Tithi (the ‘full moon lunar day’).
  • If Bhadra is prevalent during Pradosh and ends before midnight, Holika Dahan should be observed (in the prescribed period of about an hour) after Bhadra is over.
  • If Bhadra occurs between Pradosh and midnight and finishes after midnight then Holika Dahan should be done in Bhadra Punchha. That is why in 2022, the Holika Dahan time is during Bhadra Punchha, as Bhadra is from 13:29 on March 17, 2022 to 01:12 on March 18, 2022.
  • If Bhadra Punchha occurs before Pradosh or after midnight. Holika Dahan puja should be done during Pradosh.
Holika Dahan 2022 Demoness Holika effigy burning

Holika Dahan Dates and Muhurta Between 2020 & 2030

Holika Dahan is celebrated on the Purnima night (full moon night) in the month of Phalguna (the 12th Hindu calendar month), which usually falls in March or April. 

Year Holika Dahan Date Holika Dahan Muhurta
2020 Monday, 9th of March 18:26 to 20:52
2021 Sunday, 28th of March 18:37 to 20:56
2022 Thursday, 17th of March 21:06 to 22:16
2023 Tuesday, 7th of March 18:24 to 20:51
2024 Sunday, 24th of March 23:13 to 00:27, March 25
2025 Thursday, 13th of March 23:26 to 00:30, March 14
2026 Tuesday, 3rd of March 18:22 to 20:50
2027 Sunday, 21st of March 18:33 to 20:55
2028 Friday, 10th of March 18:27 to 20:52
2029 Wednesday, 28th of February 18:20 to 20:49
2030 Tuesday, 19th of March 18:32 to 20:54

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