Holi is on Monday March 17th in 2014. Holi festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which falls in the month of March as per the Gregorian calendar. Holi is the festival celebrated all over the world and all religions and Holi is the sign of happiness and celebration among all age of people like Children, younger and older. Holi festival is spirit of love and respect. Holi symbolizes victory of good over evil. This is a major festival of colors that is celebrated just at the beginning of the year. It is also called the Spring Festival as it marks the end of the winter, beginning of the spring season of joy and hope, promising of bright sunny days.
Holi Festival is also known as Dolyatra (Doul Jatra) or Basanta-Utsav in West Bengal and Orissa of India. Also known as kamuni Purnima. The god of love, Kamadeva. The legend has it that Kamadeva shot his weapon at Shiva to help Parvati to marry Shiva by disrupting Shiva’s meditation. Shiva, disrupted from his meditation, opened his third eye and cause a gaze of which was so powerful that Kamadeva’s body was destroyed and reduced to ashes. For the sake of Rati, Kamadeva’s wife, Shiva restored Kamadeva as a mental image, representing the true emotional and spiritual state of love.
Holi got its name as the "Festival of Colors" from Lord Krishna, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors.