Holashtak is an unfavourable period of eight days before the festival of Holi for certain Hindu communities in North India. It is considered inauspicious to perform auspicious ceremonies during the period like marriage, house warming, buying land, important investments or any of the Hindu sanskars. People of certain community also avoid starting of new business etc.
Holashtak begins on the ashtami or the eighth of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Phalgun month in Hindu calendar followed in North India and ends on Phalgun Purnima or full moon day.
Holashtak 2016 dates are – Holashtak begins on March 15 and ends on March 22. These days are considered ideal for performing Dhaan – alms giving.
Some of the things that should not be done during this period are –