Holi will be celebrated on March 7 in Varanasi and on March 8 in other parts of India. There is a lot of confusion over the date of Holi this time around. Mentioned in various calendars, Holi is celebrated on March 7 and 8. Varanasi celebrates Holi on March 7, while other places celebrate it on March 8, according to Kashi scholars. However, Holika Dahan will be held on March 6 and 7 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
After that, Chaitra Krishna Pratipada will start but according to Shastriya Vidhan, Pratipada Tithi is in Udaya Tithi then Chaitra Pratipada will be on March 8th, so Holi will be celebrated on March 8th in the whole country except Kashi Celebrate everywhere.
Apart from this Prof. Vinay Pandey said that Holika Dahan will be done at Pradosh Kaal Vyapini Purnima on March 6th. He added that there are different traditions of celebrating Holi in Varanasi. Holika Dahan takes place in Kashi in the evening and Holi is celebrated the next day, either Pratipada or Purnima. It is a different tradition from the classics.
On the second day of Holika Dahan, the people of Kashi take out the Chausaththi Devi Yogini yatra and play with the abir and the gulal. Chausaththi Devi lives only in Varanasi, and this tradition is practiced only by the Kashi people. So this year Holi will be celebrated on March 7 in Kashi and March 8 elsewhere.
Pandit Scholar Sanjay Upadhyay also informed that the tradition in Kashi is to celebrate Holi on the second day of Holika Dahan, which is directly related to the tradition of Chausaththi Yatra, so after Holika Dahan at midnight on March 6-7 , 3 On the morning of April 7, Varanasi celebrates Holi.