Janmashtami 2022: Know the date, significance, history of Dahi Handi festival

August 19, 2022 by No Comments


Janmashtami is celebrated every year on the Ashtami date of the Krishna Paksha of Bhadrapada month. The festival is marked by the celebration of the birth anniversary of Shri Krishna. This year this festival is being celebrated on both 18th August and 19th August. Dahi Handi festival is considered to be a part of the child pastimes of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with great pomp and show on a large scale in various cities and villages across India.

According to popular belief, Lord Krishna used to enjoy eating curd, milk and butter. To do this, he broke the pot of neighbors’ house in his childhood. The festival of Dahi Handi is a celebration of these pastimes of Lord Krishna as he was fond of breaking the pot.

Dahi Handi 2022: Date

The festival of Dahi Handi is celebrated all over the country on the day after the birth of Lord Krishna. Many people will celebrate Janmashtami on 18th August while others will celebrate it on 19th August. Hence Dahi Handi festival will be celebrated on 19th August and 20th August respectively.

Dahi Handi 2022: History

According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Krishna was very mischievous in his childhood. He used to steal butter, milk and curd to eat by entering the houses of neighbors along with his Sakha troupe.

All the women of the neighboring village were troubled by the mischief of Kanha ji. In order to save their butter and milk from Kanha, the women started hanging their utensils at a height. However, Kanha ji with his friends managed to reach the handi by building a pyramid. Hence the festival of Dahi Handi is full of fun. It is celebrated with enthusiasm and devotion in all parts of the country. On this festival, small children act as Gopals to break an earthen pot hanging from a height.

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